One of Zimbabwe's top officials blamed his country's spreading cholera outbreak on what he calls "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." More...