Robert Mugabe, Head Thug of Zimbabwe, was getting a little uncomfortable with too many foreigners coming in to help with the cholera epedemic his actions started.
So, he declared that it was over.
Mr Mugabe spoke as a district in neighbouring South Africa was declared a disaster area because of the spreading disease, which has killed hundreds in Zimbabwe.
In a nationally televised speech, he said: “I am happy to say our doctors are being assisted by others and the WHO [World Health Organization] have now arrested cholera.”
He went on to denounce former colonial power Britain, as well as French President Nicolas Sarkozy and US President George W Bush, who both called earlier this week for the 84-year-old to resign.
“Because of cholera, Mr Brown, Mr Sarkozy and Mr Bush want military intervention,” Mr Mugabe said. He added: “Let’s tell them that the cholera cause doesn’t exist any more.”
But Save the Children in Harare said these figures were an underestimate and the epidemic was almost certainly worsening.
The agency’s Rachel Pounds said on Thursday: “Reliable figures are hard to come by, but there is much evidence out there that this crisis is growing, not diminishing.”
She added: “With even the most basic healthcare on hand, you would expect to see a death rate of only one or two per cent. In some areas of Zimbabwe a third of those who have contracted the infection are dying.”
His country is crumbling, but he just doesn’t care about anything but his own power.