Saturday, September 16, 2006

When dictators meet III

So many dictators, so little space …

Among the plethora of dictators and tyrants currently visiting Havana for the Non Aligned Summit (you know, the one where the host is too sick to make a public appearance), is Robert Mugabe.

When it comes to incompetence and corruption, the president of Zimbabwe, a self-proclaimed life-long Marxist, is hard to beat.

In the space of barely two decades, Mugabe took one of the richest and most beautiful nations in Africa and turned it into one of the poorest, where the inflation rate is currently running at an incredible 1,200 per cent. Read that again: 1,200 per cent! An all-time record.

This is the sort of place where you need a push barrow to carry enough cash to buy your weekly groceries. Literally.

Not that this worries Mugabe.

According to ZWNews, cash-strapped Air Zimbabwe was forced to fork out US$2 million to charter a foreign aircraft to service its international routes this week. The reason? Mugabe seized the national airline’s single working long-haul plane to ferry him and an entourage of dozens to Cuba.

You can read it here.


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