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Mugabe threatens to 'regulate' meddling Catholic Justice Commission

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has singled out the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) for meddling in the country's internal affairs and has said his government will regulate it.

The official Herald newspaper says NGOs, trade unions, the private media and embassies are also among the "Trojan horses" that received money from abroad "all to be used against us".

But the main object of his ire was the Catholic Commission, which he said had recently fielded opposition candidates in a northern rural constituency in local elections.

"This is a gross interference in our national affairs, disguised as non-governmental work," Mr Mugabe said to members of his ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) Central Committee on Friday local time.

Mr Mugabe said NGOs were not registered to be "hatcheries of political opposition" and said his government would tighten policies to regulate their work, the Herald said.

"They should not cry, for they have redefined the rules of engagement," Mr Mugabe said.


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14 Oct 2002