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We Have Forgiven Mugabe – Catholic Bishops

THE Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference, ZCBC, says it has forgiven former President Robert Mugabe for his “transgressions” in office over the past 37 years. 

 “We thank the former President for the good work he did for Zimbabwe during the liberation struggle and as President for 37 years. We forgive him for any shortcomings during his long tenure of office. We wish the new incumbent every blessing and success,” the ZCBC said in a statement.

The church leadership, which had accused Mugabe of gross human rights abuses, clamping down on dissenting voices and conducting bloody elections, said only electoral reforms would solve the nation’s problems.

“In 2016, together with the other heads of churches under the umbrella body of the Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations, we called for the establishment of a national programme for transformation which would consist of short and long term goals.”

“We need to work for electoral reforms to restore confidence in the plebiscite. The realisation of free and fair elections in 2018 will make the outcome more acceptable internally and externally,” the church said.

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