Harare (dpa) – As inflation bites and shortages worsen, Zimbabwe’s mandarins have been offered help from a highly-controversial source – the Church of Scientology, reports said Thursday.
Government officials, including cabinet ministers have all been given free copies of the book The Problems of Work written by Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard.
The books were handed over by a representative from an international book distributor, state radio said, adding that The Problems of Work tackles issues on how to handle exhaustion and confusion.
– Tom Cruise’s Church of hate tried to destroy me
Scientology is not recognized as a religion in several European countries including Britain, France and Germany, and the Berlin government considers Scientology a moneymaking enterprise with a history of exploiting the vulnerable.
The creed however has various high-profile adherents who include Hollywood film star Tom Cruise.
It was not clear why President Robert Mugabe’s government accepted the books.
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Zimbabwe already has its own motivational literature, including three books by respected author and newspaper columnist Milton Kamwendo. Like many Zimbabweans, he is also a Christian.