Zimbabwe’s dictatorial Robert Mugabe has added another misery to the long list of miseries he has inflicted on his long-suffering country — cholera.
That’s in addition to a brutal police state, a ruined economy with 90 percent unemployment, an “official” inflation rate of 231 million percent and the 5 million people that the U.N. says face starvation next year.
The cholera outbreak is due to polluted water and large parts of the once modern capital of Harare are without running water or sewage disposal.
The government insists the outbreak is under control although its efforts in that regard consist of urging people not to shake hands. The U.N. says it is not and that there have been about 800 deaths and more than 16,000 cases. The disease is spreading into neighboring countries as desperate refugees seek treatment.
President Bush and the European Union have called on Mugabe to step aside and urged the other African nations to join in the demand, but the best the African Union can muster is to urge further “dialogue.”
Cholera is easily preventable and curable — and in this case, the cure begins by excising Mugabe and his circle.