Zimbabwe: Chaos rocks Roman Catholics as Vicar General

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POWER struggles have erupted in the Masvingo Roman Catholic Church after a controversial change of Vicar General recently.

The former Vicar General, Walter Nyatsanza, who had held the post for several years, was recently removed from his post in controversial circumstances.

Father Samson Mutsvanga, believed to be Bishop Michael Bhasera’s blue-eyed boy, has since been named to succeed Nyatsanza, who is believed to have been transferred to Bangala.

However, a storm is brewing as Nyatsanza and some of his supporters are said to be challenging his demotion.

It is alleged that the Nyatsanza camp is ready to take up the matter with his superiors in a bid to overturn the decision.

Sources say Nyatsanza may have angered Bhasera during a mass prayer at Silveira High School, where he allegedly said “new blood” in leadership roles was Zimbabwe’s only hope, a statement said to be politically motivated.

“Our generation of leaders has failed. You should have no hope in us anymore.

We are here to wait to die and be buried. Our hope is in young leaders, who will do things differently from us,” Nyatsanza said during the mass prayer at Silveira High.

Sources further allege that Nyatsanza’s demotion may have been propelled by some political heavyweights, who may have ordered the church leadership to demote him for interfering in politics.

The statement is also believed to have also targeted Bhasera and other former Roman Catholic leaders in the diocese, who still hold senior positions.

In a letter dated May 30, Bhasera said, “Reverend Father Samson Mutsvanga has been appointed Vicar General of Masvingo Diocese.

Rev. Walter Nyatsanza has been appointed priest in charge of St. Barbra Bangala Mission.”

Nyatsanza could not be brought to comment as he continually ended calls made on his mobile.

However, Bishop Bhasera said Nyatsanza’s term was over and the move was routine.

“The Vicar General is appointed for a fixed term, so Nyatsanza has served his time. A Vicar General can serve a term of five years, which is subject to renewal, so it can go up to 10 years and so on,” Bhasera said.

The new changes take effect on Friday, June 3, as noted in Bhasera’s letter.

Mutsvanga previously served as education secretary for the Diocese of Masvingo and was also a priest at the Matibi mission.

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