Wasteful spending on Mugabe bash slammed

HARARE - The opposition has slammed plans to throw an $800 000 92nd birthday bash for President Robert Mugabe.

Mugabe turns 92 on February 21.

The ruling Zanu PF is holding what is expected to be one of its biggest celebrations for the latest anniversary of its ruling party’s creation, an attention-grabbing event that is the government’s way of showing the world and its own people that Mugabe is firmly in control and a power to be reckoned with.

The spectacle, scheduled for drought-torn Masvingo Province, promises to be the most elaborate since the veteran Marxist assumed power at independence in 1980, and all indicators suggest the party could be the country’s biggest ever.

Mugabe is expected back home on Saturday after a month-long vacation in the Far East.

Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC said: “Zanu PF should be utterly ashamed of hosting an expensive birthday bash for its aging ruler whilst more than 90 percent of Zimbabweans are wallowing in grinding poverty caused by decades of Robert Mugabe’s misrule and mismanagement of the economy.”

“The money that is being budgeted for this ill-conceived birthday bash should actually be used to import maize to avert the impending starvation in Masvingo Province and other parts of the country,” MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu said yesterday.

“But then, this is vintage Zanu PF! Since when has the crumbling and faction-ridden Zanu PF regime genuinely cared about the welfare of the majority of the people? This is a kleptocracy gone crazy.’’

The smaller opposition MDC led by Welshman Ncube said to have a president luxuriating for a month in paradise while the country embarks on a season of massive pain was bad enough, to have an $800 000 birthday bash thrown in his honour soon after is the biggest slap in the face of suffering Zimbabweans.

“It is clear that president Mugabe and his Zanu PF party have no compunction about draining the little that people still have in order for him, his family and the top chefs in government to live the life of royalty,” MDC national spokesperson Kurauone Chihwayi said

“When the government claims it is broke and failing to pay teachers, nurses and doctors on time, industries operating below 30 percent capacity utilisation, unemployment rate reaching an unprecedented 90 percent, the majority of the population living below the poverty datum line, the national debt is above $10 billion and growing, it is incomprehensible that one man can still be gobbling up huge amounts of money on foreign travel, vacations and birthday gigs.

“It is beyond us how the president and his cronies in Zanu PF sleep at night.

The unabashed luxuriousness and self-indulgence demonstrated by the first family reflects a tone-deafness with regard to the pressing concerns and needs of millions of Zimbabweans.”

Chihwayi said it appears that the first family and the top dogs in Zanu PF and government were living a life quite detached from the daily realities of the suffering millions.

“This birthday bash would appear in some cruel twisted way to be the sad reincarnation of French King Louis XVI’s wife, Marie Antoinette’s famous proclamation, ‘Let them eat cake…’. They are living in a make-believe world where things are normal, and all this at a time Zimbabweans are desperate for a sign that the national leadership is sensitive to their plight,” he said.

“What we are witnessing in Zanu PF and government is leadership that is rotten to the core and it is unfortunate that as president Mugabe celebrates his 92 years, he will be celebrating a legacy of greed and moral shamelessness.”


Comments (9)

The problem with our opposition leaders is that they keep talking, criticising but don't take any action. What the majority of the people want is to be mobilised to even have a massive demo on the day, just to spoil the party and show mugabe that people are tired of this. I am beginning to doubt the seriousness of the opposition leaders now. This is the time to take advantage of the zanu infighting and grab the bull by it's horns. Zanu has always been scared of the masses that's why they chased the vendors out. Tsvang mobilise people are waiting!!

misty - 20 January 2016

Its not the duty of the opposition only to identify misplaced and misdirected use of resources. At a time like this, how can people in their right senses afford such a lavish party when the same people does not put similar effort in raising funds to pay their workers.

HISTORY - 20 January 2016

This a good chance to make record of all people and companies who are sponsoring these birth days and zanu activities so that in future we know their real motives of sponsoring such galas in the poorest country in the world .Never mind that it is their money but what is their motive for doing so . .

Diibulaanyika - 20 January 2016

Imbwa dzisisina conscience. Who in their rightful mind can do this when people are wallowing in poverty? Celebrating autocracy and cruelty 35 yrs straight. One day is one day. There is a God in heaven. Zvichapera. Mwari chipindirai. Zvakwana tanzwa

vongai - 20 January 2016

To much yap yap from the opposition and no action

Yap Yap - 20 January 2016

Why masvingo?, because there is too much Mugabe resistance from zanu pf stractures. This is nothing but show off...

X-MAN IV - 20 January 2016

people of zimbabwe its high time that you should not be fooled any more the zanu pf government does not care about it citizens but about few individuals who benefiting from this critical situation in our country lets be wise and vote properly the coming elections come 2018 lets show zanu pf that zimbabwe does not belong to the mugabe family

cn - 21 January 2016

Ndizwo zwinoita munhu akakura achichengetwa namaMissionaries. achishungurudzwa apo aiona vana vevamwe vachicelebrater iye maparents ake asingakwanisi. Now we are made to pay through our noses as a nation for that as if it was our fault.He will make sure that he will not miss any Birthday celebration even when there is no money for the occasion. Vana vedu vave kunyeperwa zwanzi its meant for them to emulate his behaviour. Behaviour to stifle the intellect of our kids so that they grow up dumb like his womens league who does nothing apart from dancing, cheering and ululating for him as Harare airport as if he is the angel Gabriel who has just descended from heaven.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 21 January 2016

Let the holidaying continue in the form of a birthday bash whats next?!

Banana Republic - 22 January 2016

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