The Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe has been conferredÂ with an HonouraryÂ Doctorate of Civil Law by the Anglican Church of the Province of Ecuador.
The announcement was made by the visiting Bishop of the province and Dr Walter Roberto Crespo when he met with PresidentÂ Mugabe at State House in Harare.
President Mugabe agreed to travel to Ecuador to receive the doctorate in three weeks’ time on his way from the United Nations General Assembly.Â
Bishop Crespo described Cde Mugabe asÂ both a politicalÂ and spiritual leader.
Dr Crespo, who was accompanied by local Anglican Bishop Norbert Kunonga and the Bishop of Manicaland Elson Jakazi,Â said the conferrement of the honoraryÂ doctorate to the Head of State isÂ in honour and recognition of Cde Mugabeâ€™sÂ outstanding inÂ Zimbabwe and the rest of the world, including Latin America.
Bishop Crespo saluted the people of Zimbabwe under Cde Mugabeâ€™s leadership for rightly getting back the land into their hands, saying the resource is a God-given gift and a blessing as well.
Commenting on the diamond issue where the countryâ€™s detractors and erstwhile colonisers have been making spirited efforts to stop the sell of the countryâ€™s gems, Bishop Crespo emphasised that it is the right of Zimbabweans and their leaders to exploit their God-given resources and no nation outside has a right to stop them.
He also questioned what right the foreigners have in determining the course of events and parameters of exploiting and certifying a resource which does not belong to them, in reference to the Kimberley certifying process where some very outspoken countries do not even have the diamonds.
Cde Mugabe expressed gratitude to the Ecuadorian authorities for honouring him, saying he and the Anglican church led by Bishop KunongaÂ share a common platform opposing homosexuality and gays, a position which is also endorsed by the Christian scriptures.