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Zimbabwe Archbishop says priests bribed to keep silent human rights


Many clergy in Zimbabwe have been bribed into silence about human rights violations in Zimbabwe by the government of President Robert Mugabe, according to the Archbishop of Bulawayo Pius Ncube.

Ecumenical News International reports that the archbishop, who is visiting South Africa, said the church is divided by Mugabe "who used a strategy to buy certain churches and individual ministers and bishops".

Meanwhile, a separate report on the ZWNews.com website says criticises South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki for his refusal to be seen to act against the Mugabe regime.

Archbishop Ncube said President Mbeki "would be booed" in the streets of Zimbabwe if he were to join the ordinary people and ask them what they feel about his silent diplomacy towards that country.

He said: "Mandela was straightforward and principled. He (Mandela) would not have backed this ... Mugabe's land grab because it did not empower the people, but he used it just to keep in power. This has caused a lot of untold suffering. Three to four million Zimbabweans have been displaced as a result of this. The people don't know why Mbeki is supporting Mugabe. They don't understand it."

SOURCE
Clergy bribed to keep silent on Zimbabwe, says Catholic archbishop (Ecumenical News International 1/3/05)
Mbeki 'would be booed' in Zim (ZWNews.com 1/3/05)

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2 Mar 2005