A defiant Robert Mugabe has made an impassioned speech at his ruling Zanu-PF party’s annual conference. The Zimbabwean President denied the country was on the verge of collapse and insisted he’d invited opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangerai, to be sworn in as Prime Minister. And Mugabe had this to say to leaders in Africa and elsewhere who want him to resign. “I will never, never sell my country. I will never, never, never surrender. Zimbabwe is mine,’‘ Mugabe declared.
The British Prime Minister – whom Mugabe accuses of colonialistic ambitions – drew a bleak picture of the situation in the once prosperous African state. “We are dealing with the failure of a regime, with no proper sewage and water systems, no proper health care systems. We’ve got hospitals that are lying empty when they could be serving the people of Zimbabwe,’‘ said Gordon Brown.
As well as a desperate shortage of food and fuel, Zimbabwe’s struggling against cholera. According to the latest United Nations figures, more than 11 hundred people have died and some 20,000 are infected. Mugabe accuses the UK of starting the epidemic to undermine his government.