Happy 84th Birthday, Robert Mugabe!

Today was the busiest day of the year for one of my very favorite Organizations That Probably Shouldn’t Exist. No, it’s not NAMBLA, it’s Zimbabwe’s 21st February Movement.

For those who don’t share my unhealthy obsession with dictator trivia, the Movement is dedicated to encouraging Zimbabwe’s impressionable youth to be more like their leader, and, more importantly, to raising money for Mugabe’s annual birthday bash.

This year, the fund-raising goal was 3 trillion Zimbabwe dollars. According to this article, that’s about $150,000 U.S. Oddly, every currency converter I could find on the internets thinks it’s more like $100,000,000. And really, given the current rate of inflation, who knows? The Movement managed to meet their goal by encouraging (forcefully) all Zimbabwean patriots to contribute. In lieu of cash donations, the fund-raising committee was flexible enough to accept cattle from poverty-stricken farmers.

The festivities are being held in the border town of Beitbridge, which probably would have preferred to host a delegation of civic engineers, or anyone else who might help them pave their roads and repair their tornado-damaged irrigation system. No word yet on whether the party will inspire “the youth in the country [to] follow in the footsteps of President Mugabe and defend the country’s sovereignty.”

Kate Cronin-Furman


  1. hey,

    I enjoy reading this blog. You should write more about yourselves. In a future gulc student typing on an iPod which prevents me from being coherent. I apologize!


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