Zims forced to fork out for b’day bash

HARARE - Long suffering Zimbabweans throughout the country have been asked to raise Z$1 billion from each of the 10 provinces each to celebrate President Robert Mugabe's 82nd birthday next month, according to the state-controlled Manica Post. "Our president is a source of inspiration to all the coun

try’s youths and we need to ensure that this year’s celebrations are a resounding success,” said Enock Porusingazi, the ruling Zanu (PF) party youth chairperson for Manicaland, which will host the birthday bash. “Each province is expected to raise Z$1 billion and a number of activities have already been lined up to ensure that the Z$10 billion (about R630 000 or -10 000) target is met or surpassed,” he added. The massive fund-raising drive comes as most Zimbabweans battle to survive amid soaring inflation rates of 586 percent. – Own correspondent

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