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accepts he may lose life in protests
April 17, 2007
London - Outspoken Zimbabwean
Roman Catholic Archbishop Pius Ncube said in an interview published
on Tuesday that he understood that he may lose his life over his
continued critical stance against President Robert Mugabe's regime.
In an interview with
The Daily Telegraph while on a visit to London, Ncube also criticised
the leaders of Zimbabwe's neighbours for not doing more to avert
the ongoing crisis there.
"The Church has
a prophetic role to speak the truth when no one else dares to,"
the Archbishop of Bulaweyo told the paper.
"I accept that it
may mean that I lose my life."
'I accept that it may
mean that I lose my life' Ncube described Mugabe as "evil"
and said he was "mad for power, and he will cling to it even
if it means destroying the economy and destroying Zimbabwe".
He went on to criticise
the leaders of neighbouring countries for "letting their people
leaders) have cared too much for themselves, and too little for
their people. Their record, since the end of colonial rule, is enough
to make you weep."
Ncube also told the Telegraph
that Zimbabwe did not just need a change of ruler, but a strengthening
of its democratic institutions: "I believe it is not enough
to replace one leader with another."
"We need true transformation
in Zimbabwe - that means transformation of democratic institutions
and transformation of our attitudes to governance. Zimbabweans have
no first hand experience of true democracy."
tensions in Zimbabwe deteriorated last month when state security
agents assaulted the leader of the main opposition and scores of
supporters and shot dead an activist as they broke up an anti-government
Zimbabwe's economy has
also been on a downturn over the past seven years characterised
by world-record inflation along with four in every five persons
out of work and perennial shortages of commodities like sugar and
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