No Mondavi for Mugabe: Zimbabwe Demands Birthday Contributions of 2000 Bottles of Champagne, Lobsters and Other Delights

thumb_birthday_birthday_cake_4200px-mugabecloseup2008thumb_birthday_birthday_cake_4With unprecedented inflation making its currency worthless and rampant starvation and cholera, most people would have a hard time celebrating, but not the family and friends of President Mugabe, who have drawn up the list of items needed to celebrate his 85th birthday. The list (below) includes 2,000 bottles of champagne (Moët & Chandon or ’61 Bollinger preferred); 8,000 lobsters; 100kg of prawns; 4,000 portions of caviar; 8,000 boxes of Ferrero Rocher chocolates; 3,000 ducks; and other essentials. One thing barred is “No mealie meal” — the corn product that is sustaining millions of people in the country.

Of the country’s 12 million people, only 480,000 have formal jobs, or roughly 6 percent. Inflation has now forced the government to issue a $100 billion bill. It will buy three eggs, so a ’61 Bollinger would have to be donated just to avoid the math.

Mugabe’s family continue to spend wildly aboard, including a recent trip where his wife reportedly attacked photographers. She returned to the country and reportedly seized property for herself.

The government is pressuring companies to produce the goods for the celebration.

Here is part of the birthday list and you still have time to make the donation in time for Mugabe to blow out the candles on his burning nation:

2,000 bottles of champagne — Moët & Chandon and ’61 Bollinger
500 bottles of whisky — Johnny Walker Blue Label, 22-year-old Chivas
8,000 lobsters
100kg king prawns
3,000 ducks
4,000 portions of caviar
8,000 boxes of Ferrero Rocher
16,000 eggs
3,000 cakes — chocolate and vanilla
4,000 packs of pork sausages
500kg cheese
4,000 packets of crackers

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6 thoughts on “No Mondavi for Mugabe: Zimbabwe Demands Birthday Contributions of 2000 Bottles of Champagne, Lobsters and Other Delights”

  1. unfortunately Africa is a basket case when it should be a major world economic force by virtue of its mineral wealth. Tribalism is not such a good thing.

  2. Exactly who does Mugabe think will “donate” these items for his birthday party, and why didn’t he arrange to buy them on his last trip abroad? I suppose there is no international – or even African continental – organization that can do something about this monster before he kills all his subjects.

    Shame on the international community for letting such an outrage continue. I’d bet if this were a country of white people in the middle of Europe this mess would have been handled years ago.

  3. Despicable. We bomb the hell out of Iraq and for what? I am an anti-war peacenik but if Britain or the US takes this guy and his cronies out with a well aimed missile or two I will not be protesting. The bastard has let thousands die from cholera – a disease that can be vaccinated against and can be cured by keeping the victims well hydrated. This is criminal beyond belief.

  4. The fact thatr this guy still rules in Zimbabwe, that there is still a leadership vacuum in Somalia and the ongoing catastrophe in Darfur are but a few of the despots retaining their destructive power that prove Bush was lying when he claimed his decision to mire us in Iraq was about spreading freedom and democracy and not about personal vengence. If his goal really was the spread of freedom and the defeat of evil dictators, he came up woefully short and failed miserably at that as well as everything else he did.

  5. Soon, Bobby, soon.

    Your lesson is going to be learned hard, hard, hard.

    Enjoy your pending execution! If you’re lucky they’ll bury your corpse in secret to keep your victims from defiling the body.

    I only say this because your goons simply don’t have enough bullets to stop all of Zimbabwe when they’ve had enough and simply come for you. And they will. Thousands may die getting to you, but I’m pretty sure there is no escape for you, Mugabe. That day ought to be real soon by my reckoning, sport. Say a big howdy to Hitler for me when you get to Hell. He’s saving you a seat.

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