Father Rungano Muchineripi, who was serving at St Johns ward in Budiriro, has been banned by the congregation from leading any religious obligations cause of his sexual actions on young catholic boys.
In a letter dated December 8 to ministers and religious pioneers, Archbishop Robert Ndlovu educated pioneers under his purview that "with an overwhelming heart" Fr Muchineripi is "no longer on good terms" with the congregation -in his words.
The Letter Read:
“Therefore all faculties are revoked and he is no longer permitted to exercise any ministerial function either publicly or privately.”
Archbishop Ndlovu also indicated that the banished priest is no longer allowed to reside at any church property or parish “and should not wear clerical attire.”
Sources who shared the story told H-Metro that the 34-year-old priest has been relieved of his duties after accusations that he was sleeping young catholic boys.
“Muchineripi was ordained in 2008 by Archbishop Ndlovu and then was deployed at St Michael’s mission school in Mhondoro. In a short space of time there were reports that he was sodomising boys at the school.
“When the matter was raised, he was moved to Seke rural parish but complaints poured through the bishop’s office,” said the source.
The source further revealed that in 2013 Muchineripi was diagnosed with brain cancer and received medical treatment in India.
“Since his operation, he has been residing at Tsuro House, a priestly residence at the cathedral,” added the source.
The clergyman at the centre of the storm however told H-Metro that he was not feeling well hence could not respond.
“I have gone to hospital. Ndimirire kuCathedral ikoko ndouya ndichikuona mumwe musi,” he said.
According to H-metro, the accused reverend has not picked his calls since two days even when his phone was ringing.
H-Metro further contacted vicar-general of the Harare archdiocese Father Kennedy Muguti who confirmed the ban on Muchineripi.
Father Kennedy Muguti said that the case of sodomy could have been dealt with at an individual level with the victim leading to terms that pushed Fr Muchineripi out of service.
“Yes, I can confirm that Muchineripi has been relieved of his duties. We received a letter from father Ndlovu to that effect. For issues of him sodomising people, the matter has been handled individually and thus they may have reached a consensus that saw him being relieved.
“I know he has been dismissed but some of these things we need to maintain the integrity and dignity of the other person. Muchineripi knows why he has been dismissed. You should talk to him,” - Father Kennedy Muguti
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