CNN) -- Zimbabwe's leaders are blaming Britain for the nation's cholera outbreak, saying the British aim is to commit "genocide." Zimbabwean clinics have been overwhelmed by the cholera epidemic, according to aid organizations.
The country's information minister also said images of cholera victims broadcast on international news outlets are actually those of people from war-wracked Congo and Darfur.
"The cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe is a serious biological, chemical war force, a genocidal onslaught, on the people of Zimbabwe by the British. It's a genocide of our people," Information Minister Sikhanyiso Ndlovu told reporters.
"Cholera is a calculated, racist attack on Zimbabwe by the unrepentant former colonial power, which has enlisted support from its American and Western allies so that they can invade the country," he said. Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980.
Ndlovu -- who said the country's health system is working on the outbreak which has claimed nearly 800 lives -- called for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to "be taken to the United Nations Security Council for being a threat to world peace and planting cholera and anthrax to invade Zimbabwe -- our peaceful Zimbabwe."
He also made reference to U.S. President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: "To the outgoing warmongers, please leave in peace and not in pieces."
The charge was made a day after Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said "there is no cholera in the country." His spokesman later explained that Mugabe was ridiculing what he believes are Western designs to invade the country.