As Amnesty International state, the man is quite the tin pot dictator. He has jailed and tortured various leaders of the opposition. He has mishandled his nation’s economy. He has encouraged a mob mentality in his followers towards political opposition. He has scapegoated white land owners for his own incompetence and run the farms seized into the ground.
When your nation has a life expectancy of 40 and an infant mortality rate of close to 100 per 1000 live births (10%) then alarm bells must ring. Mugabe’s encouragement of catholic doctrine has encouraged the spread of “rice missionary” work in the region with all that entails.
He has targeted free speech and has tortured hundreds of people who have campaigned for human rights.
And this is a man who the Vatican has gotten special permission to attend the beatification of the previous pope (Pope John Paul II).
Catholics? Ignore the fact that I am an atheist. This is sensible advice. When your hierarchy claim to be the harbingers of all that is good and holy, please do not allow them to associate with evil men. Mugabe is not a benevolent misunderstood dictator. He is a horrible man whose actions are simply anti human. It does not matter what faith he belongs to (because frankly IMHO which magic bogeyman you kowtow to does not excuse your actions as a human being) but it matters what he does as a man.
And what he has done is raped a nation.