Robert Mugabe assumes African Union helm with familiar rallying cry
Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s 90-year-old president, has assumed the chairmanship of the African Union (AU) with a call for members to improve infrastructure and tackle climate change, conflict and Ebola, and with a familiar rallying cry that Africa’s wealth belongs to Africa and not “imperialists and colonialists”.
MEMBERS of the European Parliament (MEP) have demanded that the European Union reverse its decision to give Zimbabwe US$270 million saying the money would likely be used to fund Grace Mugabe’s famed shopping sprees.
President Robert Mugabe’s wife is disparagingly known as the First Shopper for her alleged profligate spending in luxury boutiques during foreign trips with her husband.
Mugabe turned 91 last Saturday and a US$1 million celebration party is scheduled for this weekend.
The Zimbabwe government has used violence, harassment, and the deliberate restriction of humanitarian aid to coerce an estimated 20,000 flood victims to resettle on tiny land plots where the government plans to establish a sugar cane plantation, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.