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Harare Churchman Deflects Barb From Bulawayo's Archbishop Pius Ncube

Former Zimbabwe Council of Churches president Peter Nemapare has rejected the charge launched this week Roman Catholic Archbishop Pius Ncube of Bulawayo that some church leaders in the country have remained silent on human rights violations by the government of President Robert Mugabe because they have sold out.

Without naming names, Ncube reportedly told journalists that certain church leaders have accepted money and farms from the government in exchange for allegiance.

Nemapare resigned as Council of Churches president in July amid complaints he had become too close to President Robert Mugabe in attempting cultivate a dialogue with Mr. Mugabe and the ruling ZANU-PF party. But he remains an executive member of the Council of Churches and is head of Zimbabwe's African Methodist Church.

Nemapare told reporter Ndimyake Mwakalyelye of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that many church leaders just want to see an end to Zimbabwe's crisis.

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