Ncube defiant against "wicked" Zim regime

Outspoken Zimbabwean Archbishop Pius Ncube has vowed not to be silenced by President Mugabe's "wicked" regime.

He resigned on Tuesday after being implicated in an adultery scandal that he says was fabricated by the regime.

The 60 year old Ncube said his resignation was intended to save the church from further attacks. It would also enable him to challenge the adultery charge in court in his private capacity.

He said: "I remain a Catholic bishop in Zimbabwe and will continue to speak out on the issues that sadly become more acute by the day."

He said he would look in coming weeks at "various options" open to him within the church and civic groups.

He said in Zimbabwe people were suffering more each day. "I will use my experiences working among the people to lobby for greater humanitarian support, in particular for food and medical supplies at this time of extreme national crisis."

He said he was stepping down "in order to spare my fellow bishops and the board of the church any further attacks."

Ncube's full resignation statement (Zimbabwe Journalists, 12/9/07)
Anti-Mugabe archbishop resigns, attacking 'wicked' regime (Anatolian Times, 12/9/07)

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Robert Mugabe (Wikipedia)
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Ncube says adultery claims "politically motivated" (CathNews, 18/7/07)
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