June 09, 2004

WHEN NUNS ATTACK

At least 13 Zimbabwean farms have been invaded in the past couple of weeks, The Independent reports:

The latest victim of the renewed violence is a British grandmother, Pat Campbell, 62, who was beaten by a "security guard" wielding a stick and an AK47 rifle last week when she attempted to feed her cattle on her farm, 90 miles north of Harare. The farm has been allocated by the government to Lieutenant General Phillip Sibanda, commander of the Zimbabwe National Army and a former UN peacekeeper.

Canít trust the UN. Canít trust those bitch nuns from Little Children of the Blessed Lady, either:

Arthur and Ansy Swales, who grow maize in the Banket district, 60 miles north of Harare, said they had first been approached in 2002 by nuns from the Little Children of the Blessed Lady order, led by Sister Helen Maminimini and Sister Notvurgo, about using some land to grow vegetables. The couple donated around 90 acres and helped the sisters prepare it, but said the nuns grew increasingly aggressive, demanding expensive equipment and more and more land. Then last month the nuns gave the Swales 24 hours to leave the farm. The couple refused. Eleven days later a group of youths from President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party arrived at midnight. "They went and woke up all the workers, and made them run and sing government songs," said Mrs Swales. "They forced the guards to open the barn gates so they could get to the equipment."

If ever you doubted the horrors of Zimbabwe, just remember: itís a place where they have government songs.

Posted by Tim Blair at June 9, 2004 02:16 AM
Comments

I'm Catholic and I've never heard of this order, so I did a quick Google on it - nothing except a couple of articles echoing the one you posted. I wonder if they're a legitimate order, or some ad-hoc freelance group.

Please note this as well:

``Archbishop Pius Ncube of Bulawayo condemned the nuns' actions, saying: "It definitely was not with the blessing of the Church ... If a nun, a priest or even a bishop steals, it's definitely wrong, because it's against God's law."

But it comes with Mugabe's blessing,otherwise it wouldn't have happened, and I guess that's all that matters in that miserable country.

Posted by: Annalucia at June 9, 2004 at 03:26 AM

Gads. I say we begin UN inspections for rulers of mass destruction in African convents. Obviously the nuns are getting out of hand.

Posted by: Rebecca at June 9, 2004 at 04:29 AM

But seriously, any visit from a group of youths from President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party puts these 'nuns' in the company of the devil. We're talking Weapons of Mass Destruction.

When I think of Mugabe, I could easily kill... If only the Aussie cricketers has the guts and morals of Stuart MacGill.

Posted by: just another fuckin' cabbie at June 9, 2004 at 04:48 AM


>I say we begin UN inspections for rulers of mass
>destruction in African convents.

Much like an old hunter will let a buck walk past his sights, forebearing to shoot such a noble but too-easy prize, so I shall let this comment pass without the obvious Holy Grail reference...

Posted by: Dave S. at June 9, 2004 at 05:29 AM

Codswallop.

Anyone reading Kathy Buckle or the Zim diaspora reports knows the church has been on point in the fight against Mugabe's tyranny.

Posted by: Byron_the_Aussie at June 9, 2004 at 08:36 AM

"Sister Notvurgo"? No. Way. Josť. is that a real nun's name.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at June 9, 2004 at 10:12 AM

Sister Notslutto will be on the next land grab.

Posted by: chuck at June 9, 2004 at 05:30 PM
Anyone reading Kathy Buckle or the Zim diaspora reports knows the church has been on point in the fight against Mugabe's tyranny.

Then excommunications are in order.

Posted by: Bill at June 12, 2004 at 09:03 AM