By Dylan Murambgi
Harare, October 11, 2016 – KARIBA based pastor, Philip Mugadza has petitioned Pope Francis asking him to excommunicate President Robert Mugabe who is a Catholic.
Mugadza handed over the petition to the Secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature in Harare, Father Gabriel Pesce at his offices in Mount Pleasant in Harare.
The Catholic Nunciature represents the Pope in the country.
Mugadza said he had decided to petition the Pope because President Mugabe was a Catholic who was behaving in a manner that was “unCatholic”.
The Remnant church leader said Mugabe had caused untold suffering among Zimbabweans and should step down as a matter of urgency in order to save the country from further economic ruin.
“We of the above mentioned nation hereby hand you this petition asking you to excommunicate the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Robert Gabriel Mugabe,” read part of the petition.
“The nation and its peace loving people have been subjected to poverty of unimaginable levels when Zimbabwe is endowed with all minerals discovered so far.”
Mugadza is a firebrand cleric who rose to prominence after his one-man demonstration against the Zimbabwean leader at the Zanu PF national conference in Victoria Falls last December.
In his petition, he said the Pontiff was known for his compassion towards the oppressed and should find it within him to exercise the same compassion towards oppressed Zimbabweans.
“According to Romans 13:4, a leader is a representative of God here on earth but according to the given account, there is no proof of godly representation in his leadership,” he said.
Mugadza expressed hope that the Pope would accept the petition and move in to excommunicate the 92-year-old leader because it was the right thing to do.
He said the church should not stand aside and watch while leaders trampled upon the rights of their people.
“I strongly believe that if they take heed to this petition, then the Pope will do the right thing because the nation of Zimbabwe is going through a very difficult time,” he said.
Mugadza called on Zimbabweans to engage in one week demonstrations starting next weekend to pile pressure on President Mugabe to resign, saying people should use whatever means to send a message to the aging leader to leave office.
“I am suggesting that with our national radio and television stations wherever you could be if you know there’s going to be a live call in, just make a call; whatever will be discussed there don’t worry about it. Just make a call on national television and just begin to say that Mugabe must go. Don’t worry what they will be discussing or what the programme will be about,” he said.
Mugadza said the Catholic department of peace and justice in Zimbabwe had detailed records of atrocities committed against the people of Zimbabwe by Mugabe and his agents.