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Zimbabwean Dictator Robert Mugabe is 90, plans $1 Million Lavish Celebration amid Financial Crisis

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Africa’s oldest Head of State Robert Mugabe is 90 today Friday 21st February 2014.

The President of Zimbabwe for over 33 years is planning to celebrate with a lavish ceremony which will cost over $1 Million. Robert Mugabe has ruled since the country’s independence in 1980.

The event scheduled to take place at the Rudhaka stadium on Sunday 23rd February 2014, will surpass last year’s celebration where special gold coins were minted and a cake of 89kg was presented to Mugabe.

A spokesperson for Mugabe recently revealed he travelled to Singapore this week for a cataract surgery on his left eye. He is expected to be back for the celebration.

According to The Guardian UK, the costly celebration has been criticised as cultism and hero worship, at a time of heavy job losses and slow economic growth.

The central bank of the country describes it as a “severe and persistent liquidity crunch”, bringing back memories of the financial meltdown in 2009.

The secretary for youth affairs in Mugabe’s political party told reporters that “This is a very special celebration. Turning 90 is no mean feat. You cannot turn 90 years when you are a womaniser, a drunkard or a chain smoker. We will be celebrating the life of a very special person on a very special occasion.”

But the country is currently in a state of financial crisis. “It would be inappropriate for a country’s head of state to have such a lavish and costly celebration at a time when the country is faced with the disaster of flooding and a crumbling economy,” said Dewa Mavhinga, a Zimbabwe researcher at Human Rights Watch.

Tendai Biti, a finance minister also says “The economy is going down and we need to do something about it. The government is clueless and has no idea how to manage it. Things are getting worse every day.”

Well…happy birthday Mugabe.

Photo Credit: BBC UK

15 Comments

  1. Sugar

    February 21, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Daft African leaders. Keep on giving white people a reason to say the black man is cursed.

  2. Kayla

    February 21, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    That money should be used for something more meaningful
    Visit: http://www.kaylachanai.blogspot.com

  3. Babasage

    February 21, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    The curse of the blackman, #apathy

  4. whocares

    February 21, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    One has to wonder about Uganda’s future if the “Secretary for Youth Affairs” is voicing such drivel… smh.

    • Ada Nnewi

      February 21, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      How is his drivel any different from Reno Omoikiri’s constant spew of verbal gabbage?

    • Ada Nnewi

      February 21, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      *garbage

  5. oose

    February 21, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    there is a reason why he is still in power the we know by scriptures that God rules in the affairs of men …

    and the prophet spoke and i saw Satan fall like lightening …
    lets pray for mugabe that he will yeild to the will of God for the nation of zimbabawe for no man can make himself great if it is not approved of God

    • The Observing One

      February 21, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      *holds ribs*

      ROTFLMAO

      Yeah! Go on with yo’ bad self with this line of thinking.

    • whocares

      February 21, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      Yield to the will of God at what age? and in how many years of ruling? The only thing he should be yielding to is old age and that cemetery plot.

  6. amaa

    February 21, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    lol @ the cataract surgery .Mugabe will not hand over power until he is too blind to see the people he is ruling kiloshele man 33 years is enough for you to vamoosh

  7. no heart to hate

    February 21, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    @whocares you can imagine

  8. Chu-Chu

    February 21, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Cant the people of Zimbabwe unite to throw this man out of Power? They should not sit in their homes/offices to complain about Mugabe and his administration if they cannot co operate with themselves to get rid of this irritant.
    Anyways on second thought, he is 90 at least he would soon answer nature’s call. *sips coke*

    • Tincan

      February 21, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      Lol. We then have to hope that he hasn’t got a tyrant son or loyal disciple that’ll take over.

  9. nene

    February 21, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    this is the best looking 90 year old i’ve seen. mugabe has chosen not to die.

  10. Bella

    February 25, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Na wa o. I million usd. and your people are dying of hunger, lack of jobs, medical facilities, poor infrastructure, no education, Jesus! I cant deal!!

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