Kenya PM calls for troops to enter Zimbabwe due to humanitarian crisis

Foreign troops should prepare to intervene in Zimbabwe to end a worsening humanitarian crisis and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe should be investigated for crimes against humanity, the Kenyan Prime minister Raila Odinga said Sunday. "If no troops are available, then the AU [African Union] must allow the UN to send its forces into Zimbabwe with immediate effect, to take over control of the country and ensure urgent humanitarian assistance to the people dying of cholera," he said. More than 500 Zimbabweans have officially died of the disease since an outbreak in August but health officials fear the toll may be much higher. They warn deaths could spiral into the thousands due to the complete collapse of Zimbabwe's health system, the scarcity of food and the oncoming rainy season, which may help spread infections.