Mugabe’s Exit Saves Zimbabwe Millions Of Dollars
Yesterday was former President
Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe’s 94th birthday.
Mugabe was Africa’s longest serving leader, having ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years.
If he were still in office, Zimbabwean tax payers would have coughed out at least $2 million to celebrate the birthday.
But having been ousted in a de facto coup last year, Mugabe observed his 94th birthday in private behind the walls of his Harare mansion on Wednesday, without the lavish parties that marked the occasion during his nearly four-decade rule.
An intelligence official who follows Mugabe’s movements said the former ruler was at his Blue Roof mansion with wife Grace and had no known plans to leave the compound.
During Mugabe’s rule, his birthday was marked by lavish parties thrown by his ruling ZANU-PF party, where loyalists would feast on dishes ranging from elephant to buffalo meat.
Last year, ZANU-PF spend $2 million on Mugabe’s bash just outside the second biggest city Bulawayo. A local bakery donated a cake weighing 96kg.
Despite the absence of lavish parties, Zimbabweans would still feel the impact of his birthday as the day had been declared a public and bank holiday by the government.
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