Zimbabwe gov't accuses U.S., Britain of using cholera for regime change
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    HARARE, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- The Zimbabwe government has denounced the British and U.S. governments to use the cholera outbreak to spark international reaction against the Zimbabwe Government aimed at regime change, The Sunday Mail said.

    On Saturday British Prime Minister Gordon Brown claimed that the cholera outbreak and the appeal for assistance were an indication that the system of the (Zimbabwe) government had broken down and called for international intervention.

    Brown also called for the setting up of a "command and control structure" in Zimbabwe. He also called on the UN Security Council to meet "urgently" to discuss Zimbabwe.

    Zimbabwe's presidential spokesman and Secretary for Information and Publicity George Charamba said "It is clear the command center which Brown is referring to has nothing to do with cholera. It has everything to do with the running dispute between Zimbabwe and Britain over land. It has to do with regime change politics. He is asking for an invasion of Zimbabwe."

    Charamba said Zimbabwe has been watching the whole week what it sees as an attempt to build a war psychology against Zimbabwe.

    He noted how the British Foreign Secretary David Miliband has been speaking about an invasion of Zimbabwe, and the outgoing American Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also spoke about regime change in Zimbabwe.

    "Raila Odinga (Kenyan Prime Minister), quite an unconditional servant of the British, was made to talk about it. Archbishop Desmond Tutu was busy pleasing the erstwhile Dutch colonizers of South Africa by calling for an invasion of Zimbabwe," noted Charamba.

    "Brown's call is supposed to cap it all. We think this owes to serious challenges Brown is facing at home, " he said.

    Charamba said the challenges in the health sector, including the cholera outbreak, can be largely be attributed to the sanctions.

    he said, "Cholera outbreaks in Zimbabwe are not new. We have had several cholera outbreaks in the past. What makes this particular outbreak unusual is that it has occurred in the context of worsening punitive sanctions against Zimbabwe."

    "It is these sanctions which reduce the capacity of government' s response to the outbreak. Our real health headache has never been cholera but malaria and HIV and Aids," he said.

Editor: Wang Hongjiang
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