the state

– of meanwhile in zimbabwe. by vastate
Tuesday, 10 February 2009, 21:26
Filed under: -of human rights, -of jhumphrey


robert mugabe prepares to feast.


It is the 85th birthday of President Mugabe this month and the zealots of his Zanu (PF) party are determined that it should be an occasion that their great leader will never forget.

In recent days they have been out soliciting “donations” from corporate Zimbabwe and have drawn up a wish list that is scarcely credible in a land where seven million citizens survive on international food aid, 94 per cent are jobless and cholera rampages through a population debilitated by hunger.

The list includes 2,000 bottles of champagne (Moët & Chandon or ’61 Bollinger preferred); 8,000 lobsters; 100kg of prawns; 4,000 portions of caviar; 8,000 boxes of Ferrero Rocher chocolates; 3,000 ducks; and much else besides. A postscript adds: “No mealie meal” — the ground corn staple on which the vast majority of Zimbabweans survived until the country’s collapse rendered even that a luxury.

moet+   lobster +    cavier1ferrerorochet

Those who prefer to give in cash, not kind, are invited to send “donations” of between $45,000 and $55,000 to a US dollar bank account in the name of the 21st February Movement, a youth organisation controlled by Zanu (PF) and named after the date of the President’s birthday.

meanwhile in zimbabwe:

Anatomy of an epidemic

1,828 cases diagnosed on Wednesda

27 deaths confirmed on Wednesday

90 per cent of districts affected

61 per cent of those districts reported new cases on Wednesday

3,323 have died since outbreak began in August

65,739 infections since last August

1 per cent of those infected with cholera die, under normal circumstances

5 per cent of those infected in Zimbabwe are dying because of lack of clean water

13 months since Harare’s biggest township, of one million, had running water

34-year life expectancy for women in Zimbabwe, the world’s lowest

see more on the cholera epidemic here and here.


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