Thursday, December 11, 2008

Mugabe says there is no more cholera in Zimbabwe

WOW! Just Wow! I can't believe this moron.

This story comes from the AFP.

President Robert Mugabe claimed Thursday the end of Zimbabwe's cholera epidemic, but aid agencies argued otherwise, as South Africa declared a disaster on its border due to the disease.

"I am happy to say our doctors have been assisted by others, and WHO (the World Health Organization) and they have now arrested cholera," he said in a nationally broadcast speech.

He also denounced calls by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and US President George W. Bush for him to step down, accusing them of plotting an invasion.

"Because of cholera, Mr Brown, Mr Sarkozy and Mr Bush want military intervention. Now that there is no cholera, there is no need for war," he said. "The cholera cause doesn't exist any more."

Shortly after Mugabe spoke, the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance said the death toll had risen overnight to 783 with more than 16,000 cases reported.

"If anything is certain in the chaos of Zimbabwe today, it is that the cholera outbreak is not under control," said Rachel Pounds, Zimbabwe director for British charity Save the Children.

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