Robert Mugabe Demands Pay Rise After Daughter’s Expensive Wedding

Peta Thornycroft, Telegraph (London), March 17, 2014

After blowing about £3 million on his daughter’s wedding earlier this month, Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe says he wants a pay rise.

President Robert Mugabe, 90, who most Zimbabweans believe will die in office, told public service workers that he is holding out for a pay increase next month.

So far, Mr Mugabe’s Zanu PF government has not managed to deliver on his election pledge last July to double the wages of 200,000 civil servants, most of whom earn about £200 a month.

Zimbabwe is bankrupt and several economists privately say they expect the government will not be able to pay civil servants on time, if at all, later this year.

The financial crisis worsened when people withdrew most of their savings from banks after Mr Mugabe won disputed elections last year.

Zimbabweans estimated during the unity government of Zanu PF and the Movement for Democratic Change, MDC, that Mr Mugabe’s salary could have been about £5,000 per month, given that cabinet ministers earned about £2,000.

Mr Mugabe can, legally, take whatever he wants from the treasury for foreign visits and does not have to account for that money.

For the last 20 years he has travelled outside of Zimbabwe about once a month, sometimes more.

During the inclusive government, Tendai Biti, MDC finance minister, warned Mr Mugabe to control spending on foreign travel as he tried to rebuild the economy devastated by hyper-inflation during the previous Zanu PF administration.

Mr Mugabe has accumulated vast wealth in the last 20 years, particularly since he married his second wife, Grace.

They are Zimbabwe’s largest landowners and most of their agricultural properties were taken from productive white farmers during the post 2000 land grab.

Mr Mugabe was in Singapore for his 90th birthday on February 22, and so a group of civil servants held a delayed luncheon for him last week.

He warned the treasury against pulling an April Fool’s joke on him after finance minister Patrick Chinamasa said pay increases would come next month.

“We’re promised that we would get the money in April,” Mr Mugabe said.

“I was talking to (Public Service Commission chairman) Mariyawanda Nzuwah who is close to Chinamasa and he assured me that we would be paid.

“Even the President is also a worker–1st of April don’t fool us.”

Mr Mugabe’s oldest child, Bona, 24, married a local man, Simba Chikore, 37, at the family’s vast palatial Harare home earlier this month with a guest list which included several African heads of state and about 4,000 guests. The newly weds are on honeymoon in the Seychelles.


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  • After Mugabe’s pay raise, he is expected to make Z$1,000,000,000,000,000,000 (US$4.23) a year.

  • IstvanIN

    Is Bobby Mugabe Moochele’s biological father? Their spending and lavish lifestyles are similar.

  • Pro_Whitey

    What a great dad . . . and what a snazzy dresser!

    • wildfirexx

      yeah, I like his clown suit!

      • Oil Can Harry

        Not to mention his clown continent.

  • leftists are delusional

    “The tragic fact of business is that ordinary Africans were better off under colonialism. Colonial masters never committed anything near the murder and genocide seen under black rule in Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Nigeria, Mozambique, Somalia and other countries, where millions of blacks have been slaughtered in unspeakable ways, which include: hacking to death, boiling in oil, setting on fire and dismemberment. If as many elephants, zebras and lions had been as ruthlessly slaughtered, the world’s leftists would be in a tizzy.”

    Walter Williams from his piece Were blacks better off under apartheid?

    • Mason Gull

      >”Colonial masters never committed anything near the murder and genocide seen under black rule in Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Nigeria, Mozambique, Somalia and other countries”

      I think Mr. Williams intentionally omitted King Leopold’s Congo adventures.


      I guess the usual suspects – Penn, Bono, Springsteen etc.- are selective in their leftist outrage. I really can’t recall a single case where one of them has expressed any concern over Robert Mugabe’s criminal behavior, or any Black for that matter.

  • Simonetta

    I remember the first time that I heard the absurd word “Zimbabwe” on the radio back in 1980 or so. My weird little brain immediately latched on to the Fats Domino song “Walkin’ to New Orleans” :

    This time I’m walking to Zimbabwe
    Gonna join up with Mugabe
    with Kalashnikov in hand
    I will take a rebel stand
    when I get back to Zimbabwe

    But Mugabe will never die. As soon as the present guy ‘serving’ as Mugabe dies, they’ll do plastic surgery on some double who’s forty years younger. –And he’ll continue to be President-for-life for another twenty years, and so on. The Mugabe is dead: long live the Mugabe.

    It’s just another African ‘daylight democracy’. As long as the sun is shining, the national government is intact; the papers are all in order, the NGO’s are giving everyone money, and everyone’s modern and happy. But when night comes, the gates of Presidential compound are locked, the NGO staffers get down to serious drinking, and Africa becomes Africa for another night. Just as it has for 10000 years and will continue for another 10000 years

  • PvtCharlieSlate

    What else is new?

  • dd121

    I think Obama should lend him AF one for the honeymoon.

  • Luca

    Ya gotta love that presidential attire, especially that wonderful baseball cap.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Blacks love red, don’t they?

      • Luca

        They are mesmerized by bright colors and shiny objects. That’s how quite a few ended up on slaves ships, They just flashed some some bling.

  • Jesse James

    Let’s hope Obama gets out of office before one of his daughters is married. God only knows what that would cost the taxpayers.

  • Negro self-governance is an oxymoron. Mugabe is simply a moron. But aren’t they all morons over there.

    • Alexandra1973

      In the clinical sense, yes.

    • Katherine McChesney

      There was a rumor a few years ago that Mugabe was a cannibal the same as Idi Amin. Any truth to that?

      • I never read that. However, go to David Icke’s forums and there was a thread there about the Queen of England and her husband eating children. They are alleged to be shape-shifting reptiles. If such a race of reptiles exist, they would make blacks look sweet in comparison. If you don’t know David Icke he’s hugely popular. I hit his website every day, especially the headlines and the forums. He broke the big pedophile story a while back–Jimmy Savile I think his name was.

        • Katherine McChesney

          Several years ago I listened to David Icke’s videos, particularly the one in which he claimed to be the Second Coming of Christ.

          Have you heard about Gary “Spaceman” Bell at AM640Toronto?

  • r j p

    4,000 wedding guests?
    90 years old with a 24 year old son?

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    I don’t see a problem here, it’s always this way in these worthless post-colonial banana republics.

    Obama is following right along.

    If there’s anyone sane left in Zim, he can print up a few one hundred trillion dollars bills and hand a few over to Mugabe as his “raise.”

    Looked up the definition of “inflation” lately? Mugabe’s picture is right there. He blames evil White colonists, of course.

    It’s good to be king!!

    • Katherine McChesney

      That picture of him above…his skin looks like a gorillas.

  • How can Zimbabwe be bankrupt when they have trillion dollars in currency? HAHAHA. Typical black run government.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      Toilet paper is worth far more than Zim dollars.

      I have one of the hundred trillion dollar “Planet of the Apes” bills in my collection — wonder what it would buy these days in Zim?

      • Nice picture on top. What’s that printed on the bank note, a pile of rocks? Are they claiming that they built that pile of rocks themselves, or did the British have to do that for them?

  • If they don’t give him a raise, is he going to quit?

  • I’m sure the pay raise request was directed to the US, where we’ll put together some sort of multi-billion $ relief package.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    It’s over the top Rococo. IMO.

    Mugabe’s got to go all way and show those evil, old White colonists — the ones he didn’t kill off, that is– that he’s king.

    It’s also where all the humanitarian “aid” has gone — into those rooms and a Swiss bank account!! (got to keep up his reputation as an African dictator).

    The United States was the first nation to open an embassy in the country, and it pledged assistance toward the Zimbabwean Government’s goals of postwar reconstruction, distribution and development of land, and the development of skilled manpower….Despite strained political relations, the United States is a leading provider of humanitarian assistance to the people of Zimbabwe, providing more than $150 million in humanitarian assistance, much of which was food aid, in 2012.

    He sure showed those evil Whites, damn his own people. LOL, typical.

  • Blacks are obsessed with bling, and black men are obsessed with their manhood. Seems to me this one thought he could have one or the other but not both.

  • Medals like the ones in this picture?

  • shmo123

    Nice suit–I always wondered what Goodwill did with the clothes that don’t sell. The fascist, kleptomaniac clown Mugabe will die in office and be replaced by the next clown car full of gun toting thugs waiting in the wings. They may be better dressed, but nothing will change. And that’s the news from Africa.

    • That’s exactly what happens with the clothes that don’t sell! I did some community service work at the ARC thrift store and clothes that don’t sell get packed into a machine that turns them into dense, compact bales for shipment overseas.

      I actually suspected that much earlier, when I saw an African wearing a Superbowl t-shirt in a TV documentary. I don’t follow team sports, but I turned to my mother and said “Denver didn’t win that year.” It turns out two sets of t-shirts are made up in advance each time, and the ones that are wrong get shipped out as charity donations to Africa.

      • The running joke for a long time after a major sports championship is that all the kids in the third world will be celebrating the (insert losing team here) winning the (insert championship game/series name here).

        Kids in Guadeltombistan are celebrating the St. Louis Cardinals winning the 2013 World Series.

      • shmo123

        It’s probably the only kind of foreign aid going to Africa that actually reaches the people that need it–no doubt some choice pieces get siphoned off by fashionistas like Mugabe.