Pius Ncube resigns

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Several weeks after the state media ambushed the Catholic Archbishop of Bulawayo Pius Ncube, with pictures of an alleged affair with a married woman, the much-respected clergyman has announced his retirement.
Archbishop Ncube has insisted he was set up by central intelligence agents an

d a support group has been formed in solidarity with him. Many believe the allegations are an attempt by government to silence him. The case is now before the courts and the Catholic church is conducting its own investigation.
Announcing his resignation on Tuesday, Ncube said he did not want to hold back the church from its work, and feels the accusations against him have brought the church into disrepute.
With the Vatican’s approval, a Zimbabwean Bishop from the St. Augustine parish is rumoured to be the man who will take over Ncube’s position, until a permanent replacement is appointed. Sources said the outspoken Archbishop was likely to remain involved in the fight for democracy. He would be a great loss to the fight for democracy in the country, should he be silenced. – SW Radio Africa

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