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Mr. Mugabe is a bitter critic of homosexuality.

The former head of the worldwide Anglican Church, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, visited Zimbabwe last year and handed Mr. Mugabe a dossier detailing allegations of the intimidation of worshippers.

The report described a “litany of abuses” including murder, harassment and assaults of parishioners by police and Bishop Kunonga’s followers.

Mr. Mugabe then claimed he was unfamiliar with the scale of intimidation experienced by mainstream Anglicans.