Thursday, July 10, 2008

Ncube plans returning to Zimbabwe

Ncube plans returning to Zimbabwe
By Kingsley Kaswende in Harare
Thursday July 10, 2008 [04:00]

THE former Catholic archbishop of Bulawayo Pius Ncube has said he plans to return to Zimbabwe to be with his people even if it means death.

Ncube, who is now a bishop after his ranks were stripped following an adultery scandal last year, has been in England since June 2007.

He resigned from his post following accusations, which he admitted, that he committed adultery with a church member in what he believes was a sting operation organised by the Central Intelligence Organisation to embarrass him for criticising the Zimbabwean regime.

Independent Catholic News quoted the Bishop as telling parishioners in England last Sunday that he had been in England to "pray, study and rest", but that "a shepherd must be with his flock, even if it means death".

The congregation, which included a number of Zimbabwean exiles, burst into spontaneous applause at this news.

Bishop Ncube told churchgoers who greeted him after mass that since he had been in the UK, he only ate once a day since "in Zimbabwe many eat only once every three days."

During his homily, the bishop focused on the theme of humility and the need for prayer.
He said leaders needed to be humble, following the example of Jesus Christ.

"More than 500 years before Jesus was born, Zechariah foresaw that there would be a Messiah. Jesus is that King who is going to bring peace to the world, but He is a humble king, riding on a donkey. Usually kings used to ride on horses. Jesus says that it is the humble people who are builders of peace," he said.

Bishop Ncube said the proud people were destroying the world.
"When Hitler spoke, he shook up people. But what did he bring? War. Forty million people perished in the Second World War, because this man was so full of himself and so full of pride.

Stalin was a proud man. Mao Tse Tung a murderer responsible for the death of 70 million people during the war in China," he said. "Mugabe, our President, who got into power by hook and by crook, and this time we hear during the election he changed the results, and went around beating up people, shooting some of them. And he has forbidden the non-governmental organisations to give food to those people who supported the opposition. That's pride."

Bishop Ncube proceeded to give the examples of Princess Diana, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela as some of the humble leaders who touched the world.



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