Mugabe Thugs Collect for Presidential Pig-Out

Starving country's ruling party gets tough to tackle champagne, caviar shortage
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2009 3:00 AM CST
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe attends a meeting of heads of state in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, last week.   (AP Photo/Anita Powell)
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(Newser) – Aggressive supporters of Zimbabwe's ruling party have been pressing the country's farmers and businesses for "donations" to fund Robert Mugabe's ultra-luxe 85th birthday bash, the Times of London reports. A wish list supplied to the Times includes 8,000 bottles of champagne, 8,000 lobsters, and 4,000 portions of caviar. It specifies "no mealy meal"—the ground corn staple that 7 million Zimbabweans on food aid count themselves lucky to receive.