Zimbabwe’s Mugabe declares disaster in drought-stricken areas as he prepares for his $800,000 birthday celebration


HARARE  – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has declared a state of disaster in most rural parts of the country severely hit by a drought, with 26 percent of the population said to be in need of food aid, the government said in a statement late Thursday.

Declaring a state of disaster allows international donors to raise money quickly to provide food aid to Zimbabwe, which has said it will step up imports of the staple maize by buying up to 700,000 tonnes this year to avert hunger.

Meanwhile ,ZANU-PF, which has been the ruling party since 1980, is expected to spent up to US$800,000 (£559,600) on the celebration of Mugabe’s 92nd birthday – to the huge financial cost of Zimbabweans. Part of the festivities will be held in the drought- stricken Masvingo province and will also include a musical gala and a football tournament




  • Chrisjoubert

    What a joke. Nobody must help this moron, how can you spend US$800 000 on shit for his birthday celebrations and declare a disaster in drought areas. He is the biggest disaster of Zimbabwe. Now he expect the world must help him with money to buy maize to feed the starving people. Use that money you want to spend on your birthday your piece of shit and stop been greedy.

  • derek (barbarian) stocker

    Talk about shit on the rural folk. Such an insult, all those folk affected and Bob still sends his diamonds to Hong Kong! Why on earth did the EU offer aid? In reality European taxpayers are paying for his birthday binge. Gotta shoot a Mombe or ten Ben, butcher the Elephants as well Ken!