10 June 2008

Zimbabwe: Archbishop Tutu Calls for Resignation of Mugabe

Nobel Peace Prize laureate and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Desmond Tutu has called for the resignation of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe.

Mugabe is blamed for an unprecedented political and economic upheaval in the formerly prosperous southern African nation.

"Mugabe began so well more than 20 years ago. We all had such high hopes.... But his regime has turned into a horrendous nightmare. He should stand down," Archbishop tutu said, according to Independent Catholic News.

Tutu also appealed for UN peacekeepers to go to Zimbabwe to supervise the forthcoming run-off election for the presidency, due to take place on 27 June, between Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai who won the first round in March.

Tutu spoke on Monday during a service at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, London, in a new underground light well and room which has been named after him. During the service there was a blessing of three Zimbabwean sculptures, standing in the entrance of the new Dick Sheppard Chapel.

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