CAPE TOWN- Archbishop Desmond Tutu has stepped down as an ambassador for global charity Oxfam in the wake of a sex scandal that has shocked the organisation.
A statement on Thursday the 86-year-old Nobel Peace Laureate was disappointed by the news that some Oxfam employees paid for sex with prostitutes in Haiti whilst the country was experiencing the aftermaths of the devastating 2010 earthquake that killed hundreds thousands of people.
Roland van Hauwermeiren and ex director of the global charity admitted that some of the allegations are true but said some of the other allegations are lies and exaggerations.
In a statement from his office, Tutu said, “Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has supported Oxfan International’s good work for many years‚ most recently as one of its global ambassadors. The Archbishop is deeply disappointed by allegations of immorality and possible criminality involving humanitarian workers linked to the charity. He is also saddened by the impact of the allegations on the many thousands of good people who have supported Oxfam’s righteous work.”
In the statement it is clear that Tutu has retire from public life and will continue to withdraw from public commitments.
“He [Tutu] has instructed his office to write to Oxfam International to inform them of his retirement as a global ambassador‚” the statement concludes.
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