Magazine article Anglican Journal

Anglican Archibishop (Patrice B. Njojo) Praises New Leader of Former Zaire (Laurent Kabila)

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Anglican Archibishop (Patrice B. Njojo) Praises New Leader of Former Zaire (Laurent Kabila)

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The Anglican Archbishop of Zaire has welcomed the takeover of his country by rebel leader Laurent Kabila.

Archbishop Patrice B. Njojo was interviewed in New York last month as rebels marched towards the capital, Kinshasa.

Archbishop Njojo told ENI he was judging Mr. Kabila on the basis of his experience of living in an area under the rebel leader's authority. "So far, so good," he said.

The archbishop's office is in Bunia, a town in the eastern part of Zaire, near the Ugandan border. The rebel movement gained its initial victories in the east, and then moved west towards Kinshasa.

"According to what we have seen, Kabila is a man of good calibre," Archbishop Njojo said. "In the places taken by the rebels many things have improved." Rebel soldiers did not engage in looting or harassment, civil servants were paid and work on the roads made transportation better, he said.

Archbishop Njojo had not visited the camps where refugees from Rwanda and Burundi had lived and could not comment on how they were treated by Mr. …

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