At least 3,000 people have died of cholera in Zimbabwe during the past two weeks, reports Basildon Peta in “The Independent” today, November 26, quoting a senior official in Zimbabwe’s Health Ministry. 

This is more than ten times the number widely quoted until now.  Meanwhile, Mugabe’s government have denied that they have any problems with cholera.  According to Peta, the Zimbabwean health official (who wished to remain anonymous for fear of his own life) said that Zimbabwe’s health system – once the envy of Africa – has been “banned from issuing accurate statistics” about the deaths. 

Mugabe refused to grant entry visas to Zimbabwe for “elder statesmen” Ex US President Carter and former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan last week, when they offered to visit the beleaguered country.  Mugabe has much to hide. 

Evidence of looming catastrophe is now becoming clear through the overwhelming numbers of people being buried at cemeteries in Zimbabwe.  Many thousands more are almost certainly being buried informally.  At least one suburb has been without running water for thirteen months and others are similarly reliant on contaminated boreholes and wells for water supplies.  Water treatment plants have not been functioning for many months and raw sewage is running in the streets… 

The last time I wrote on the issue of Mugabe’s rule in Zimbabwe on 15 September (Zimbabwe: Deal or Sellout?”), I feared that the so-called “Deal” reached under the aegis of South Africa’s discredited former president Mbeki would fail.  Since then, I have deliberately not made any comment, hoping that I was wrong.  But this latest news of the growing crisis has encouraged me to again bring this disaster to the attention of anyone who is interested. 

Among African states, only Zimbabwe’s neighbour, Botswana is serious about trying to end Mugabe’s cruel and murderous regime.  They are calling for all neighbouring countries to close their borders to Zimbabwe and bring about the rapid collapse of Mugabe’s illegal government (Associated Press; November 26). 

Something or someone is needed to rescue Zimbabwe’s oppressed citizens. 

Author, Peter Davies was a soldier in Rhodesia from 1963 to 1975, where he took part in the capture and interrogation of terrorists.  His novel, Scatterlings of Africa, is based on his own experience during Rhodesia’s war on terror, and personal observations of how terrorist activities impacted Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and its people.

Readers who would like to make a contribution to help innocent pensioners, who are unable to buy food and other basic necessities in Zimbabwe, should please contact Patricia Williams by email

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