Ncube scotches presidential bid rumours

Former Bulawayo Archbishop Pius Ncube has denied rumours that he intends to challenge Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe in next year's elections.

The Catholic Information Service for Africa reports that he will remain a human rights advocate.

He has said he is believes 83 year old President Robert Mugabe will win the March 2008 elections through mass intimidation, use of food as a weapon, and mass rigging.

The archbishop also said his life has been in danger for some time and that he had received numerous warnings from friendly sources within the regime urging him to be very cautious about where he goes.

Speaking out for the first time since he resigned on September 11, Archbishop Ncube said he would not leave Bulawayo but would intensify his commitment to bring an end to the Mugabe regime. He said his personal prayer life remains the source of his strength.

The former archbishop was speaking last week during a visit to the Denis Hurley Peace Institute in Pretoria, South Africa. The institute belongs to the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference.

A report by the Institute's Fr Sean O'Leary said it had invited the archbishop as an act of solidarity and support.

Ncube spoke with pain about the deteriorating plight of the people, lack of food, breakdown of health and education systems, the fact that shops are now empty and the increasing number of the desolate poor.

He lamented the division in the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and placed the blame for the division on Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of the party's larger faction. Attempts by the archbishop to encourage the two sides to come together had been rejected by Tsvangirai.


SOURCE
Zimbabwe: Archbishop Ncube Denies Rumours he Will Run for President (All Africa, 2509/07)
Statement by Archbishop Pius Ncube (SW Radio Africa, 25/9/07)

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