British tabloids have taken to calling him ‘Mad Bob.’
On Saturday, Zimbabwe’s president seemed to be living up to the moniker.
And, really, what’s a party without a 187-pound cake?
Nevermind that more than half the population is on emergency food aid, that inflation (by far the world’s highest) floats somewhere well above 200 million percent, or that his own government just days ago asked its cash-strapped neighbors for $2 million more in aid.
Oh yeah, and then there’s that cholera epidemic that’s blamed for claiming nearly 4,000 lives in recent months: a tragedy, that stems from government failure at the most basic levels. As the Monitor wrote in a December story, the outbreak even threatens regional stability.
But none of that stopped Mr. Mugabe from throwing such a lavish birthday bash.
This is Mugabe holding back
Opposition leader skips the bash
Top opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai - now the country’s prime minister in a fragile new coalition government – skipped the party.
Mugabe’s birthday bash casts a “let them eat cake” aura about his leadership. At least, that’s how it looks from the outside.