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Report: Zimbabwe: archbishop calls for overthrow of government

July 2, 2007

From Catholic World News:

Archbishop Pius Ncube of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, has openly called for the overthrow of the government led by President Robert Mugabe.

In an interview with the Sunday Times of London the archbishop said: “I think that it is justified for Britain to raid Zimbabwe and remove Mugabe.”

Archbishop Ncube later told BBC that while he suggested intervention by Great Britain, the former colonial ruler of the African country, he could justify action by any other power to ease the suffering of the people of Zimbabwe. Some action is required, he said, to oust “a government which is ready to sacrifice the lives of its people.”

“We have to choose between two evils,” the archbishop explained. He said that Zimbabwe is facing a desperate situation, with widespread crop failures aggravating an economic disaster that has seen the annual inflation rate rise toward 15,000%.

Archbishop Ncube, the most outspoken critic of President Mugabe, places the blame for the economic disaster squarely on the government. He notes that the Mugabe regime is spending millions on domestic surveillance programs to monitor political opposition, and drawing millions more from the impoverished financial system in graft. The Catholic bishops’ conference of Zimbabwe has denounced the regime for pervasive corruption.

Archbishop Ncube has said in the past that he is prepared to face death in order to bring about change in his country. Now he told the Sunday Times, “I’m ready to lead the people, guns blazing.”

However, the archbishop admitted that the people are not prepared to rise up against the incumbent regime. He argued that public apathy is the result of Mugabe’s successful efforts to intimidate political opponents. “You can’t mobilize when one out of every 10 Zimbabweans is a spy for Mugabe,” he told BBC.

See also:
Inside the Vatican: Zimbabwean Bishop Speaks Against Tyranny (Interview)

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