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Cholera deaths near 1,000 in Zimbabwe

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Disgraceful. In these times it's no wonder people are targeting Mugabe's close allies. They could care less what happens to the population who are starving when they're not getting sick from cholera. At this point, it's all about clinging to power for Mugabe out of fear for what may happen once they are out of power.

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said 978 people have died and 18,413 suspected cases have been recorded.

U.N. figures have been compiled since August.

The latest death toll is reported amid claims by one of Zimbabwe's top officials blaming the cholera outbreak on "a genocidal onslaught" by Zimbabwe's former colonial ruler -- Britain.

"Cholera is a calculated, racist attack on Zimbabwe by the unrepentant former colonial power, which has enlisted support from its American and Western allies so that they can invade the country," Information Minister Sikhanyiso Ndlovu told reporters.

Britain ruled the country as a colony until 1965.

Ndlovu's claims triggered quick and pointed reaction from Britain and the United States.

In Washington, State Department spokesman Rob McInturff called Ndlovu's accusations "patently ridiculous."

Referring to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, McInturff said Friday that, "Mugabe is clearly unwilling to take any meaningful action (to stop the cholera outbreak)."

On Thursday, Mugabe said "there is no cholera in the country." His spokesman later said that Mugabe was sarcastically ridiculing what he believes are Western designs to invade the country.
I believe there are plenty of examples of post-colonialism in Africa as well as racist policies from the West, but this claim by Mugabe is complete rubbish.

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