Vatican City: Are these Robert #mugabe’s 34 sins?

via Vatican City: Are these Robert Mugabe’s 34 sins? April 27, 2014 By Dr Clifford Chitupa Mashiri

If EU sanctions were to apply in Vatican City, some people like Robert Mugabe and his wife would probably protest to the Holy See especially as Mugabe is reportedly having problems with his right eye and knee.

As Robert Mugabe once more sneaks into the Vatican City for the canonisation of John XXIII and John Paul II, he might be emboldened by the experience last year at the inauguration of Pope Francis when the Holy Father ‘raised his eyebrows’, shook hands and bowed his hand in greeting him in a move seen by some commentators in West as controversial given the travel ban then in force.

It should be pointed that Robert Mugabe was instrumental in the liberation struggle which ended with Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980 and that he was once honoured by world leaders including the Queen of the United Kingdom. For some years soon after independence under Mugabe’s leadership, the Zimbabwean currency was stronger than the British pound. However, the country not only lost its currency, but later adopted the US dollars and as many other currencies as it could get to create a multi-currency economy with 90 percent unemployment rate.

As a result, some people wonder if Robert Mugabe could use ‘the day of the four popes’ since two living popes will be attending the event, to make 34 serious confessions about what many view as some of his “sins” since coming into and holding on to power for three decades and four years. Herewith a starter pack of some of offences allegedly committed by or with the full knowledge and or approval of the Zimbabwean tyrant:

  1. Accusing the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference in April 2011 of spreading lies when it condemned violence perpetrated by Zanu-pf supporters.
  2. Allowing his partisan bishop to wreak havoc in the Anglican Church
  3. Doing little until too late to end attacks on the Anglican Church in Zimbabwe including the alleged murder of 89-year old Anglican priest Jesca Mandeya by security operatives
  4. Rigging polls – 2002, 2008, 2013
  5. Fiddling with the voters’ roll
  6. Forcing millions into the Diaspora- some killed by crocodiles crossing the Limpopo
  7. Disenfranchising approximately 1 million young voters at home and about 3 m abroad
  8. Refusing to release the electronic voters’ roll used in the disputed July 2013 elections
  9. Unleashing gross human rights violations
  10. Conducting Operation Gukurahundi –approximately 20,000 people murdered
  11. Conducting Operation Hakudzokwi – approximately 300 people were gunned down
  12. Launching Operation Murambatsvina – approximately 300,000 left without shelter
  13. Developing cold feet on corruption – Willowgate, salary gate, diamond gate etc
  14. Launching chaotic and violent farm seizures – killing some farmers and their workers
  15. Owning 12 farms between him and his wife despite promising fair land re-distribution
  16. Forcibly evicting approximately 300 Mazowe peasant farmers and dumping them by the road side
  17. Ruining the economy under the guise of indigenisation and political patronage
  18. Hitting out at the “vile West” resulting in mass unemployment
  19. Overseeing the collapse of the health care system
  20. Buying his daughter a Hong Kong house as thousands died of cholera in 2008/9
  21. Visiting Singapore and or China for treatment approx 16 times while hospitals back home have no drugs, and no sufficient staff
  22. Undermining the war on HIV/AIDS by raiding the Global Fund’s $7.3 million bank account
  23. Ruining commercial agriculture resulting in  present day mass food shortages
  24. Power shortages – ZESA outages since 1990s projected into 2020 and beyond
  25. Water shortages – unclean water in all the country’s cities resulting in typhoid deaths
  26. Poor road network despite collecting millions of unaccounted for dollars in road tolls
  27. Falling education standards – poorly paid teachers, no textbooks, squandered exam fees
  28. Withholding food aid, seed and fertiliser to political opponents
  29. Poor housing – compare Mugabe’s US$10million Borrowdale home and Epworth’s slums
  30. Forcing teachers who earn less than US$500 to pay $2 towards his birthday
  31. Abducting, arresting and torturing human rights activists e.g. Jestina Mukoko
  32. Overseeing the disappearance of human rights activists e.g. Paul Chizuze
  33. Torturing and murdering journalists e.g. Mark Chavhunduka (2002)
  34. Failing to pay civil servants the promised US$375 by Feb 2014 since electioneering in 2013.

If only Pope Francis knew about the foregoing “sins” perhaps he would have second thoughts about Mugabe’s possible return to the Holy See before the next election hopefully in 2018. He is currently 90 years of age.

About the author: Clifford Chitupa Mashiri is an author, former diplomat, international relations expert, political analyst, and a doctoral candidate at London South Bank University, and can be contacted at: or



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    roving ambassador. 9 years ago

    Thanks Mashiri, lest we forget.

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      Yes! Clifford it makes one think does it not. It actually makes me feel sick in my stomach. What is wrong with us!

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    Michael Saruchera 9 years ago

    35.Having an affair with his secretary Grace Marufu while still married to Sally Mugabe may her soul rest in peace.

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      bingo wajakata 9 years ago

      Yes Sir! I always say this but most people seem to have forgotten that Mugabe took someone’s wife, sleep with her and had a baby while his wife was on her death bed. Mugabe could not wait for his wife to peacefully join the creator (God rest her soul,Sally was a good person). Mugabe was in a hurry to gain personal comfort and to perpetuate his ancestry. When this issue is brought up Mugabe says his wife blessed the affair, but I am sure the affair had already flourished. I am really not sure what kind of a man would do what Mugabe did, I do not think that such a move helped Sally’s health in anyway because what Mugabe was actually saying was “Look here, you have been sick for a long time and you sure are not going to make it so I wish to inform you that I have found a healthy and much younger wife to look after me!

      This whole saga explains a lot about Robert Mugabe’s sense of responsibility towards others. It clearly states that Robert Mugabe only cares about Robert Mugabe and no one else. There in is to be found the explanation of the collapse of Zimbabwe from a proud country with lots of potential, peace loving people, plenty of natural resources and a educated labour pool to what we see today, a nation that has become the laughing stock of the world. Guess what, Robert Mugabe does not even see how far down the country and its people have sunk since he took charge because Robert Mugabe only cares about Robert Mugabe.

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    Isu Zvedu 9 years ago

    36. Hiding looted diamond money in Singapore and Malaysia under the guise of cataract treatment as if our well known Dr Guramatunhu could not do better.

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    Isu Zvedu 9 years ago

    Mashiri, any way you can make that as a flier in all three languages for distribution to Zimbabweans back home who seem hell bend on fighting Morgan Tsvangirayi instead of this culprit in chief?

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    Chiwaridzo 9 years ago

    37. Illegally evicting 5000 Zimbabwean agricultural entrepreneurs with his racist land grab policy. The result is the country went to 231 million % inflation, lost its currency but more importantly is now a net importer of food and totally reliant on donor organizations to feed its people, support health care and education.

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    Mena Bona 9 years ago

    38. Openly spending millions on his daughters wedding as his people starve. 39. Living as a billionaire in a palace as the city, he inherited as one of the best on the continent, rots like a dead donkey around him. 40. Keeping his people, that have not run away, in a perpetual state of fear.
    This list of sins could go on and on into the hundreds. He has committed about every sin there is. But hey he is a welcome member of the Catholic flock!

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    Mukanya 9 years ago

    Mashiri, I suggest you submit this sin list to the Vatican City with amendments below. As a former diplomat I wish you success.

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    Mlimo 9 years ago

    You forgot the Ten Commandments at the top.

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    41-Giving a blind eye to is fellow ministers as they blow away the country,s resources in exchange for them to cover up his past evil activities.42 using brute force to take someone’s wife and making her his ,

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      roving ambassador. 9 years ago

      43. Committing treason of the highest order by defrauding the Zimbabwean electorate .

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    Ruramai 9 years ago

    Isu zvedu, Tsvangirai is a thief. Ask him what he did with the money he double dipped with respect to the Highlands mansion renovations.

    With no known business interests he managed to pay $35 000 lobola for Leocardia, $300 000 out of court settlement to the same woman and still managed to fork out another $30 thousand for Elizabeth.

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    Icho Icho Zimbabwe is Mine, bluffing the ordinary people while they go about on overfull stomachs and fornicating!!

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    protestor 9 years ago

    who declares people to be Saints is it the church or God its interesting these are the same people who said Jesus is not coming

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    Elliot 9 years ago

    It says a lot about the Vatican

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      The world has totally lost sight of what the church truly is. The Catholic church is NOT the church and neither is the church of England, the Methodist church etc etc. The true church is NOT something of this world; something man concocted up. The world looks and points to the Vatican and calls it the church. Nothing could be further from the truth. The true church is spiritual. It is Jesus Christ as the foundation, the cornerstone and the Head. Not the pope. Christ is the church and true Christians are the living stones that make up the body of Christ. There is far too much of man and all his sinful ways in all these organisations and institutions. We have brought the church down from the heavenly and made it worldly. This does not please God. We need a revelation as to what the true church is and it most certainly does not resemble any of these organisations. Yes! There are certain people within them who truly love the lord.

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    Professor David M 9 years ago

    45. He stole power from the late Reverand Ndabaningi Sithole with help from fellow prison gangsters like Edgar Tekere. Mugabe should never have been allowed to lead Zanu let alone to be President of Zimbabwe. He is a greedy, egocentric heartless brute. A solution to this geriatric needs to be found urgently!