Millions starve as Mugabe embarks on leave

mugabe-embarks-on-leaveFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare
HARARE, (CAJ News) – PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s decision to embark on his expensive annual vacation overseas, leaving behind a worsening economic
situation, unpaid civil servants and worsening drought has enraged Zimbabweans.
The irritation follows confirmation by Mugabe’s spokesman, George Charamba, the increasingly unpopular president, would be out of the
country on leave in an undisclosed location overseas.
Mugabe usually goes to East Asia. He has also been there for medical checkups.
“President Mugabe has started a month-long annual leave, part of which will be spent outside the country. The leave shall be interspersed with
official engagements, including one which is related to the African Union,” said Charamba.
This has been met with insults from frustrated Zimbabweans.
“He is going to sleep, not representing the country. Let him take a rest and let acting president (Emmerson Mnangagwa) take permanent
responsibility,” heckled Shelton Zivanai.
Mugabe has been photographed sleeping at international forums and falling a couple of times but there have been denials his health was failing.
Some Zimbabweans denounced the First Family’s embarking on extravagant
trips while the nation was suffering. First Lady Grace Mugabe is denounced for her lavish spending and is embroiled in a row with a Lebanese dealer
over a R21 million diamond ring.
Of the civil servants, the cash-strapped government could only manage to pay soldiers and police for December.
“Did you manage to buy even painkillers for our hospitals before planning to spend millions of dollars in gallivanting?” snapped Mlungisi Dube.

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