$1m for Mugabe's 88th birthday bash

2012-02-20 12:50

Cape Town - Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe is set to spend $1m on birthday celebrations next week amid reports that many families in his country are scavenging for food and millions remain out of work following years of economic and political strife, The Zimbabwe Mail reported on Sunday.

According to the report, Mugabe is to treat himself to some lavish celebrations of his 88th birthday where he would be joined by hundreds of guests from his Zanu-PF party in the country’s eastern city of Mutare.

"Provinces around the country have been forced to dip into their coffers to help pay for the bash, which is expected to cost around $1m," the report said.

Meanwhile, the Guardian reports that the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has condemned the celebrations saying "it is a total waste of taxpayers' money".

"This is a total waste of taxpayers' money and typical of the attitude of Zanu-PF," said Douglas Mwonzora, an MDC spokesperson.

"Right now we are faced with a situation of food shortages in some parts of the country. This needs to be addressed and Zanu-PF isn't doing that. Instead they are spending a million dollars on the birthday of an 88-year-old president.

"The money could be spent on food and books. Mugabe is totally out of touch with reality. He has a bloated ego and he thinks Zimbabweans like what he is doing."

Mwonzora added: "I think he is the only president in the world who spends so much money on his birthday. I don't think President Obama or Prime Minister Cameron do it. Mugabe is the president of a poor African country and should be condemned."

Every year Mugabe is treated to a lavish birthday celebration organised by a youth group in his Zanu-PF party known as the 21 February Movement.

  • frans.grobler3 - 2012-02-20 13:16

    What can be expected! Government officials and all in SA do the same thing must be culture thing. Very difficult to comprehend.............

      spartanx93 - 2012-02-20 14:14

      Mugabe has his priorities set straight. He can't feed the people of his country but he will sure have a huge party with the best food money can buy!

      Gerhard - 2012-02-20 15:24

      He's only spending $1 million on his party. ANC spends R400 million on their party.

  • Phillys - 2012-02-20 13:16

    die please you useless oxygen thief!!!!!

      David - 2012-02-20 14:49

      Only 60 days for him to croak..according to some Nigerian "prophet". This is the last birthday.. thank heavens!..LOL

      Marcell - 2012-02-21 02:02

      Please give this man a break. You only live once.

      rlong1952 - 2012-02-21 09:44

      Marcell....... what are you smoking?

  • RobertKeeling - 2012-02-20 13:20

    Mugabe treats Zim as his personal fiefdom, and the country's resources as his own, to do with as he pleases. The man is a thief, and should not be called President. It's time someone took him out!

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  • Ziggie - 2012-02-20 13:40

    I hope it is Zim $'s, that's about 10 SA cents. Buy him a lolly pop ice cream!!

      Arnold - 2012-02-20 18:49

      sorry buddy,its actually the US$

  • JNaMolefe - 2012-02-20 13:43

    Happy Birthday!!! BUTTTTTT Money isn't what you need and just stand in the front of the whole people in ur country, and get a big cake to pieces, that's it you can save up a lot of money for the people to live. Please!!!! It could be the best, just like USA President!

  • Manhattan - 2012-02-20 13:47

    Only 1 million dollars? I would have expected at least 10 times that amount from a despot.

      SarelJBotha - 2012-02-20 14:50

      Times are tough and it seems even he scrapes the barrel.

  • Graham - 2012-02-20 13:56

    The ANC will be assisting him with his election campaign! What does that say about our government?

      Gerhard - 2012-02-20 15:25

      No, Graham, you and I will be assisting with his campaign, in the form of tax.

  • heather.scheepers3 - 2012-02-20 14:10

    This man is a horror story.

  • Mzwandile - 2012-02-20 14:13

    Who cares how much Mandela spend on his every year birthday celebrations and fund it and for what in return, while millions of South African are living in destitute. Leave Mugabe alone so he can enjoy his last days.

      Mzwandile - 2012-02-20 14:15

      And who fund it???

      Ziggie - 2012-02-20 14:39

      You are right, Mandela is the same, wonder how many millions is wated on his birthday that could have been donated to hungry stomachs?

  • KCorsar - 2012-02-20 14:24

    everyone has a tipping point - look back on the Arab Spring last year, a single event was all it took for the floodgates to open. Maybe its time hungry Zimbabweans react if this is true and give him a final birthday gift - a plane ticket to Rotterdam and a date with the ICC......

      SarelJBotha - 2012-02-20 14:51

      The mere fact that this has not happened is a evil blotch on the whole international community.

      Emil - 2012-02-20 16:55

      Yea the Arab spring. Once it start in Zims it will spread and become the African blood bath

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-02-20 14:49

    It is an African thing, use and abuse and screw the rest. When this old goat dies, he needs to be carefuly dissection as his body has to contain some sort of "long life gene", amongs all the others that make him evil.

  • Garth - 2012-02-20 15:01

    Too all the ZimBOBweans out there: Man, but you're all as dumb as rocks. You're so dumb, I would put you on the same tier of stupidity as an anc ignorant. Year after year, continuously supporting the same useless, thieving politicians whilst you and yours starve. You do not have my sympathy. Hey SA, we're just as dumb, but at least I have to my credit, the fact that I do not vote for the useless, worthless anc.

      Gerhard - 2012-02-20 15:28

      They would rather have a corrupt government who steals from them than see a white man in power again. Funny thing is that their alternative is a black man??? So go figure. Let them starve.

  • Theprodigy - 2012-02-20 15:23

    & the Zimbabweans put up with this dog!!

  • abhudram - 2012-02-20 15:27

    Thanks for the invite Bob! :(

  • Ziggie - 2012-02-20 15:34

    1 idiot rejecting another..........

  • NMothijoa - 2012-02-20 15:46

    Birthday Bash......... Is this a joke?

  • Attie - 2012-02-20 16:01

    mugabe does not it comes from the diamond sales

      Emil - 2012-02-20 16:58

      Diamond sales of which south african company's are doing business with him in zims

  • sean.fourie - 2012-02-20 16:21

    A Real president would work for R10 000.00 Per month and do an honest days work... Instead of working for Thousands or Millions and still steal money...? and then there is Mugabe...say no more

  • Thabo - 2012-02-20 16:21

    We need to realise that as africans there is not much we can do oust President Mugabe out of power unless through negotiation or through elections. I am glad that the people of Zimbabwe has excercised restraint and discipline even though they have suffered under the Pres Mugabe. One thing that will be remembered about Him is he moved from a Hero to Zero because of his selfishness. My prayer is that the Democracy loving Africans should learn what lack of ego does to people, it create or gives one false power. This power result to paronia has to be maintained through the use of the army and police at the expense of the development of the people. The truth is Pres Mugabe is already dead, His statue is used to control people and allow the big shorts to figure out what they will do post Mugabe. Thabo PUTU

  • dmoshabi - 2012-02-20 20:36

    happy birthday Mr GABRIEL ROBERT MUGABE may GOD have mercy on you and gives you wisdom

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  • Adrian - 2012-02-21 00:53

    Manuel, Mantashe, Malema, the King of land reform is withering away. His country is too. Better accept your invites, go and listen to his words of wisdom. They may be his last. Even tyrants can't live forever. The saddest part is that the gullible voters will look for another liar like him.

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  • Chris - 2012-02-21 07:11

    Amazing how Zuma calls for resolution in Syria, but very silent about Mugabe...

  • Ronnie - 2012-02-21 13:32

    The ANC spent R400m celebrating 100 year in January no difference where the money came from is irrelevant. one thing is for sure the anc have no product to sell as to generate money. How much does furniture for a school cost go to the eastern cape kids sit on the floor to receive lessons.

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