The Anglican Church yesterday paid moving local tributes to the late, long-reigning British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, who died in Scotland on Thursday.
The bishop of the church’s Harare diocese, Farai Mutamiri, said they were deeply saddened by the Queen’s death. “As the Church of England, we are deeply saddened by this loss. With the Church of England, we saw the Queen and the Royal Family as the defenders of the faith. “As we cannot cut our Church of England umbilical code, and as we remain an integral part of it, this loss of life saddens us greatly,” Mutamiri said.
MDC spokesman Witness Dube also said the main opposition party was also saddened by the Queen’s death. “The MDC joins Britain, the Commonwealth and indeed the world in mourning the passing of an enduring and stoic monarch, whose progressive dimension of traditional leadership, of a perfect balance between politics and culture, should be imitated by all,” he said. said.
Zimbabwe joined the Commonwealth on independence in 1980 and as head of the Commonwealth Queen Elizabeth II, pictured, and Prince Philip paid a five-day state visit to the country in 1991, when it hosted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting that year. . The late former President Robert Mugabe was later made an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II in 1994.
But the relationship between the two turned sour, resulting in Mugabe being stripped of his knighthood in June 2008, following allegations of human rights abuses. As relations with Britain deteriorated further, Zimbabwe was suspended from the Commonwealth in 2002 amid concerns about the country’s lack of democracy. Enraged in 2003, Mugabe subsequently withdrew Zimbabwe from the Commonwealth. – with SchedulesLIVE