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Last Updated: Sunday, 6 May 2007, 01:13 GMT 02:13 UK
Cleric calls for Mugabe to resign
Pius Ncube
Pius Ncube said the Zimbabwean government was corrupt
One of the most outspoken clerics in Zimbabwe has again called for President Robert Mugabe to resign.

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Bulawayo Pius Ncube also urged Zimbabweans not to be intimidated by President Mugabe.

In an interview for BBC One's Heaven and Earth programme, which was aired on Sunday, the archbishop says the Zimbabwean government is corrupt.

President Mugabe has warned bishops against becoming too political.

African presidents have tried to negotiate with that man to no avail
Archbishop Ncube

The archbishop says the situation in Zimbabwe is getting steadily worse but even though people's morale has been broken they should not be intimidated.

"As far as I'm concerned he [President Mugabe] must go," he said.

"You can't negotiate with him. It's useless. African presidents have tried to negotiate with that man to no avail."

The archbishop also said opposition politicians in Zimbabwe needed to do more to prove themselves despite having been jailed and tortured.

This week President Mugabe warned his country's Catholic bishops that they were on a dangerous path if they became too political.

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