Ncube mulls presidency bid

Controversial former Bulawayo Archbishop Pius Ncube is said to be thinking of running for Zimbabwe's presidency against arch-rival incumbent Robert Mugabe.

Catholic World News reports that Ncube has conferred with other leaders of the country's political opposition about a possible presidential race.

After calling for the overthrow of the Mugabe regime earlier this year, Archbishop Ncube was hit with adultery charges. These were highly publicised in the state-controlled media. Eventually he resigned.

The prospect of a presidential campaign by a Catholic prelate would raise concerns at the Vatican. In February of this year the Vatican announced the suspension of Bishop Fernando Lugo Mendez of Paraguay. He had rejected a Vatican order to end his own presidential race.

Meanwhile the Catholic bishops of the Southern African Kingdom of Lesotho have pledged moral support and prayers for Archbishop Ncube and the church in Zimbabwe.

The bishops praised the former archbishop, saying "even in the darkest hour, Archbishop Pius Ncube demonstrated greatness of character and integrity, giving example of leadership, of humility, self-emptying in the manner of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Archbishop planning presidential race in Zimbabwe? (Catholic World News, 19/9/07)
Zimbabwe: Basotho Bishops Support Ncube and Catholic Church (All Africa, 19/9/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Pius Ncube (Wikipedia)
Robert Mugabe (Wikipedia)

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Ncube to resign, reports anticipate (CathNews, 10/9/07)
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Christians, activists in Ncube support block (CathNews, 25/7/07)
Ncube says adultery claims "politically motivated" (CathNews, 18/7/07)
OK to invade and remove Mugabe, Ncube tells Brits (CathNews, 2/7/07)
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