NO MORE CHOLERA IN ZIMBABWE:MUGABE


President Robert Mugabe has said Zimbabwe has contained cholera – as the UN and a UK charity warned the deadly outbreak was getting worse. Save the Children said: “If anything is certain in the chaos of Zimbabwe today it is that the cholera outbreak is not under control.”

muga-today1Mr Mugabe also said Western powers were plotting to use cholera as an excuse to invade and overthrow him. “Now that there is no cholera there is no cause for war,” he said. Mr Mugabe spoke as a district in neighbouring South Africa was declared a disaster area because of the spreading disease, which has killed hundreds in Zimbabwe.

In a nationally televised speech, he said: “I am happy to say our doctors are being assisted by others and the WHO [World Health Organization] have now arrested cholera.” He went on to denounce former colonial power Britain, as well as French President Nicolas Sarkozy and US President George W Bush, who both called earlier this week for the 84-year-old to resign.

“Because of cholera, Mr Brown, Mr Sarkozy and Mr Bush want military intervention,” Mr Mugabe said. He added: “Let’s tell them that the cholera cause doesn’t exist any more.” He was speaking in the capital, Harare, at a state funeral for senior ruling party official Elliot Manyika, who died in a car crash over the weekend.

Shortly after Mr Mugabe spoke, the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs said the toll from the disease had risen slightly overnight to 783 and that 16,403 were believed to have been infected.

But Save the Children in Harare said these figures were an underestimate and the epidemic was almost certainly worsening. The agency’s Rachel Pounds said on Thursday: “Reliable figures are hard to come by, but there is much evidence out there that this crisis is growing, not diminishing.”

SOURCED FROM BBC.

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