Zim spends $16m on Mugabe's birthday, wedding, statues - begs for $20m for flood relief
Zimbabwe struggling to cope after floods and the breach of a dam weeks ago that left 60,000 people marooned.
The spending surfaced at the same time as reports of Robert Mugabe ministers salaries. Some ministers earn over $40,000 a month, in contrast with the average salary of Zimbabweans, at $285-$300 a month.
Mugabe’s 90th birthday bash on 23 February cost more than $1 million.
The cost of Bona Mugabe’s wedding on 1 March cost $5 million.
After the wedding, information leaked that the Zimbabwean government clandestinely appointed North Korea to build two statues of Mugabe at an estimated cost of $5 million.
One statue is a nearly 30-foot high bronze figure worth $3.5 million to be placed in Harare, while the other is a $1.5 million version to be placed in a $3.8 million museum to be built in Mugabe’s rural Zvimba home.