Zim dismisses calls for Mugabe to quit

HARARE - Zimbabwe lashed out at the US and Britain as calls for President Robert Mugabe to quit power mount and foreign aid to help tackle a devastating cholera epidemic pours in.

HARARE - Zimbabwe lashed out at the US and Britain as calls for President Robert Mugabe to quit power mount and foreign aid to help tackle a devastating cholera epidemic pours in.

Harare yesterday slammed US President George Bush's government's declaration of a loss of confidence in Mugabe as a "diplomatic flute" by an outgoing administration.

"We are talking about an administration whose sun has set. Why bother?" Mugabe's spokesman George Charamba said, according to state-run Herald newspaper.

The top US envoy for Africa, Jendayi Frazer, said on Sunday in Pretoria that Zimbabwe's September power-sharing deal could not work with Mugabe as president.

"We have lost confidence in the power-sharing deal being a success with Mugabe in power. He has lost touch with reality," said Frazer, US assistant secretary of state for African affairs.

Frazer was in South Africa to consult with regional leaders about the deteriorating political and economic crises in Zimbabwe, now also in the grip of a cholera epidemic. The newspaper quoted Mugabe as describing Frazer as a "little girl" who was out of touch with reality in Zimbabwe and the rest of the world.

"There is this little girl called Jendayi Frazer. She was in South Africa recently making all sorts of noises. She thinks Africans are idiots, little kids who cannot think for themselves." - Sapa-AFP

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