Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Zimbabwe Catholic archbishop calls for an uprising

The Roman Catholic archbishop in Zimbabwe's second largest city of Bulawayo, Pius Ncube, has called for a non-violent mass uprising like the one last year in Ukraine ahead of the 31 March national election. Ncube charged that President Robert Mugabe and his ruling Zanu-PF party was deliberately preventing food from supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

The opposition and international observer groups declared Zimbabwe's 2000 election, as flawed. In that poll the ruling party narrowly won the popular vote. The MDC said the election was rigged.

Zimbabwe has since clamped down on the media, shutting down independent newspapers and forcing representatives of foreign news organisations to flee the country.


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