|Africa||CONGOLESE REBELS REFUSE ARCHBISHOP|
Raising tensions with the Catholic church, rebels in eastern Congo accused Archbishop Emmanuel Kataliko of collaborating with Congo's president and refused to let him into the region they control on Saturday.
Airport authorities in the eastern rebel stronghold of Goma blocked Kataliko from disembarking from an aircraft and returning to his parish in Bukavu, where he is based, rebel spokesman Kin-Kiey Mulumba said.
Kataliko has been an outspoken critic of the rebels and their Rwandan allies, often accusing them of human rights violations.
"He is not persona non grata. But he is not welcome in Bukavu until tensions there calm. He will be allowed back after some time," Mulumba said on the telephone from Goma, 90 kilometres north of Bukavu.
The rebels had announced earlier in the week that they were planning to ban the archbishop. On Friday, the Catholic church in the capital Kinshasa insisted that rebels had no right to do so. Church officials called his silencing an act of "war against freedom of expression, which conceals badly a new dictatorship under the cover of the rebellion."