Guests Feast on Elephant Meat at Robert Mugabe’s $1 Million Birthday Party
Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe threw himself a lavish party Saturday to celebrate his 91st birthday, reportedly spending $1 million on the festivities despite the fact that his country remains one of the poorest in the world.
As many as 20,000 people gathered under massive white tents festooned with flags and patriotic banners on the grounds of a golf course next to the scenic Victoria Falls, Reuters reported. Guests feasted on elephant meat and a herd of wild impala, which were freshly slaughtered and donated to the event by a local Zimbabwean game farmer.
The day-long event was organized by Mugabe’s ruling ZANU-PF party, and also included a parade by schoolchildren dressed in patriotic uniforms, music and dance performances, and a speech by Mugabe, which lasted more than an hour.
Mugabe has been the sole ruler of Zimbabwe since the country achieved independence in 1980. He shows no sign of relinquishing power anytime soon. Last December, his party again selected him as candidate for president in the next election in 2018.