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Balanced Support for Tengatenga

Two highly regarded African clerics have sent Dartmouth Interim Provost Martin Wybourne a letter of support for the Tucker Foundation nomination of James Tengatenga:

Tengatenga Kaoma Statement1.jpg

Note: Kapya Kaoma is an Anglican priest from Zambia.

Once again, additional information about Tengatenga seems to answer some questions and pose others. For example, just what statements did he make regarding gay Malawians that the writers consider to have been made under pressure?

If Tengatenga has any chance of securing the Tucker position, he will have to be forthright in describing his past conduct and, if it was problematic, he will have to publicly — for the Dartmouth community and Malawians, too — explain why it occurred, and why he does not support the positions that he previously expressed.

Addendum: An alumnus writes in:

I found it interesting that the letters of support for Bishop Tengatenga do not address the 2012 MCC lobbying that pressured against the government’s suspension of harsh anti-gay criminal legislation. Bishop Tengatenga was an influential church leader and his diocese is one of the largest members of MCC. His actions in connection with this effort have yet to be addressed.


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