Zimbabwe's president spent Rs 3.3 cr on birthday

Mar 04, 2013, 01:11 IST | Agencies

Zimbabwe is one of the poorest country's on Earth, but clearly its leader Robert Mugabe doesn't seem to care on his 89th birthday.

The president celebrated it by immortalising himself in freshly minted gold coins and held a lavish party with a giant cake weighing 89 kg.

Guests, including his wife, first lady Grace, tucked into the four-tier treat made in his honour at the state house before he gave a thank-you speech.

Birthday boy: Robert Mugabe cuts his birthday cake with his family, his children Chatunga Mugabe and Bona Mugabe and his wife Grace Mugabe, as they have a slice from the 89-kg birthday cake. Pic/AFP

He also held a lavish $600,000 (Rs 3.3 crore) birthday party at a stadium in the north eastern mining town of Bindura. This is not the first time when celebration of Mugabe’s birthday turns into a nationwide event.

In 2009, the banquet in his honor included 8,000 lobsters and 4,000 serves of black caviar.

Did you know?
In January, Zimbabwe had only $217 (Rs 11,900) in its coffers, making it one of the poorest countries in the world

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