A Catholic bishop in Zimbabwe this week called for a “nonviolent popular uprising” against the government of President Robert Mugabe. Archbishop Pius Ncube said upcoming parliamentary elections were certain to be rigged in favor of Mugabe’s party, and that the people should protest as Ukrainians did recently in their triumphant “Orange Revolution.” The Catholic Church helped Mugabe in the 1970s, when he led the revolution against British rule, but Ncube said the government had become hopelessly corrupt. A government spokesman said Rev. Ncube was “a mad, inveterate liar” and “an instrument of the West’s illegal regime-change agenda.”
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