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Zimbabwean archbishop calls presidential elections 'rigged'

The archbishop of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, said he was saddened but not surprised that President Robert Mugabe was re-elected in voting widely condemned by local and international observers.

Archbishop Pius Ncube agreed with most local and international observers that the results of the 9-11 March election were "rigged".

"The numbers are unrealistic. They (the ruling party ZANU-PF) played around with the numbers to keep themselves on top," Archbishop Ncube told Catholic News Service.

The archbishop said ballot boxes were kept out of sight of election observers so that the ballots "could have been stuffed with votes for the ruling party."

The archbishop also said that police in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second largest city, and Harare, the capital, were "beating people up" so that they wouldn't protest Mugabe's victory.

Zimbabwean Catholic Bishops Conference


15 Mar 2002