president with anglicans rowan williams.pngThe Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams met the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe this Monday at State House, Harare.

He was in the company of Bishops Trevor Mambwa of Botswana, Valentino Mukiwa of Tanzania, Albert Chama of Zambia and Thabo Makgoba of South Africa.

During the meeting which lasted for an hour and half, Dr Williams presented a dossier of allegations of illtreatment of Anglican Church members aligned to Bishops Chad Gandiya and Julius Makoni of Manicaland.

Speaking to journalists soon after meeting President Mugabe, Archbishop Williams said he does not think the illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the west are a cause of economic decline of the country.

“What we are seeing are a number of targeted measures agreed by the European Union and now the question is how far the sanctions have affected this country- I do not have enough evidence to conclude , so I cannot comment on that,” he said.

On homosexuality, Dr Williams brushed it aside saying the province is not for it but said the culture is more relaxed and tolerated in America.

 

“The Church of the Province of Central Africa shares the general sentiment here, that it does not allow same sex blessings,” he said.

 

Dr Williams arrived in the country this Sunday amid demostrations by members of the Anglican Church of the Province of Zimbabwe led by Archbishop Nolbert Kunonga, who argued that his welcome in Zimbabwe is tantamount to accepting homosexuality in the country.