Catholics are lobbying hard for the return of former Roman Catholic Bulawayo Diocese Archbishop Pius Ncube.There is a campaign within the diocese to have the disgraced Ncube appointed an archbishop emeritus.
An emeritus is an individual who after having retired is allowed to retain their title as an honour. Ncube resigned as the head of the Bulawayo Roman Catholic Diocese after being embroiled in an acrimonious s.ex scandal with the late Rosemary Sibanda.
The former archbishop has been reportedly hibernating at Marist Brothers’ College in Dete since the scandal was exposed in 2007. If the move succeeds, the former archbishop will hold a position that is similar to South African apartheid stalwart and Nobel Peace laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu from the Anglican Church, thus maintaining influence.
The delegation which has been tasked with lobbying is reportedly led by Bulawayo businessman and educationist, Mr Clemence Kunzekweguta and has already requested a meeting with the Apostolic Nunciature of Zimbabwe, who is the Papal representative in the country, Archbishop Marek Zalewski.
Mr Kunzekweguta confirmed the move to The Sunday News but did not divulge much information saying it would be premature to comment on the matter as they were yet to meet with the Apostolic Nunciature.
“As you might not know this is a very sensitive matter, besides we don’t want to rush matters, as they say in SiNdebele; inhlwa ungayibamba ngekhanda ayisabambeki, iyabuyela emlindini (issues if rushed one ends up losing control).
“What is happening right now is that we want to go to Harare first then we can have a possible way forward because right now if we rush matters the Archbishop or even Rome might not take it in the right spirit,” said Mr Kunzekweguta.
Questioned on why they had chosen to fight for Ncube to be given such an honour considering his past, Mr Kunzekweguta said it was a matter of forgiving and moving forward.
“We want to heal families. This year, the Catholic Church chose it to be a year to forgive each other as a family and a nation therefore we felt that this will be a perfect opportunity for us as a church to emulate this and prove to the world out there that we live what we preach,” he said.
He, however, declined to reveal the names of the rest of the delegation that he was travelling with to Harare.