Robert Mugabe Stirs Controversy With Lavish Birthday Party
Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe turned 91 recently, and his supporters threw him a lavish party to commemorate the occasion.By Matt Picht | February 28, 2015
What do you get the man who's spent the last 35 years running your country with an iron grip for his birthday? For one Zimbabwean game farmer, the answer was obvious: elephants!
Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe celebrated his 91st birthday Saturday in his usual fashion — with a lavish $1.3 million party organized by his political party. An estimated 20,000 guests flocked to Victoria Falls to commemorate Mugabe's 35 straight years in power, since the country won independence in 1980. (Video via SABC)
Game farmer Tendai Musasa told local outlets last week he would donate several wildlife trophies to Mugabe, including the meat from two elephants to be served at the President's party. The news immediately sparked backlash from environmental groups and Zimbabweans outraged at the show of excess.