Archbishop on Andrew Marr show putting on his clergy collar Andrew Marr Show

Zimbabwe

Prayers for Zimbabwe

In December 2007, Dr Sentamu cut up his clerical collar live on BBC One's Andrew Marr Show and promised not to wear his collar again until Mr Mugabe left office. He said Zimbabwe's leader had "taken people's identity" and "cut it to pieces", prompting him to do the same. 

Almost a decade later, the Archbishop returned to the Andrew Marr Show.  On Sunday 26 November 2017, the Archbishop of York put back on his clerical collar for the first time in almost 10 years, ending his symbolic protest over Robert Mugabe's leadership of Zimbabwe.

He said: "Normally I tie the top button and put on my collar, but for nearly 10 years I haven't be able to. It has meant every morning I think of the people of Zimbabwe."

After Andrew Marr presented him with an envelope containing the cut up pieces of his collar, Dr Sentamu said: "I could attempt to put this one back together using superglue, but it would be a pretty ropey collar. And I actually think the message for Zimbabwe is the same. They just can't try and stitch it up. Something more radical, something new, needs to happen."