PLEASE allow me a space in your paper to advance a few thoughts. Many peace-loving Zimbabweans were shocked by an article which appeared in your paper on June 4, reporting that three Little Community of our Blessed Lady Sisters led by the
ir Superior General sought the assistance of Zanu PF youths to invade Malabar Farm in Darwendale.
If this is true, I wonder what these nuns were and are up to. How can they demand that someone who had been on the farm for many years is given just 24 hours to vacate?
If they wanted a farm, why did they not apply to the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement for a piece of land as many Zimbabweans did without employing violent means.
This was a clear case of intimidation. These nuns have demonstrated the worst Christian love of their neighbour and that kind of love is reprehensible and unchristian. They should ask themselves if Christ ever invaded someone’s property without the owner’s permission?
True, it was a good idea to get a farm for self-reliance programmes and projects. But their action can be likened to a thief who goes out at night to force someone to hand over his property at gun-point.
I would encourage these confused and misguided nuns to emulate the examples of the SJI Sisters, the Dominican Sisters, the Carmelite Sisters, the Precious Blood Sisters, the Mary Ward Sisters who got their pieces of land through the correct channels without causing pain to other human beings.
Remember, my dear ladies, the Bible which you always read every morning and evening teaches in Matthew 25:40 “whatever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me”. It goes further to say: “You shall love your neighbour as you love yourself” (Matthew 22:39).
If Christ were to come today, would he justify your invasion of Malabar Farm? How would you feel if your farm at Martindale was invaded and you were given 24 hours to leave?
I am sure you will receive a decree of praise from Zanu PF for invading Malabar Farm.