Sources have revealed that the ruling party in Zimbabwe is planning to spend close to $2.5 million on President Robert Mugabe’s 93rd birthday celebration on February 21. The funds will be raised from the 10 provinces through individuals, private companies, parastatals, provincial structures and local authorities. The decision has come under a strong attack from opposition parties in Zimbabwe. A member of the opposition party said that he was not surprised since Mugabe is known for his inclination to profligacy and wastefulness. Another member of a different political party said that the current government just wants the people of Zimbabwe to live in abject poverty and penury.
Some opposition members suggested that the amount of $2.5 million is huge from Zimbabwe’s perspective. They said that considering the current situation in Zimbabwe, this money can be used to buy essential drugs and other medicines for the public hospitals in Zimbabwe. Some of it can also be routed to the Department of Social Welfare, where it can be used to buy food and other necessary items, as needed by the poor and marginalized people in Zimbabwe. MDC-T party spokesman Kurauone Chihwayi said, “A normal leader cannot be so reckless and extravagant to the extent of raiding state enterprises to celebrate his own birthday while millions are starving”.