While Zimbabwe suffers, the Mugabes go on holiday
By Miriam Mannak
While ten-thousands of Zimbabwean people are battling cholera, while the country's political opponents are being subjected to torture and the economy has plunged into a dark pool of no return, the president's wife decided to book an exclusive, month-long holiday in Malaysia for her and her family.
According to various media reports, Grace Mugabe recently drew a large sum of money of dollars from Zimbabwe's Reserve Bank to pay for the break away for her, the president Robert Mugabe and their children. The damage: 92.000 dollars. US dollars to be exact, as 92 000 Zim dollars would not even buy you a crumb of stale bread. In March last year, the price of one bread came down to 10 million ZD.
According to this website, Grace's cash withdrawal is worth approximately 888 498 065 090 Zimbabwean Dollars, but in reality it is probably even more.
The cash transaction comes a month after the South African government released a 300 million rand (30 million USD) relief package, to help the Zimbabwean authorities fight the massive cholera outbreak which has claimed over 1700 lives and infected over 30.000 people.
Only seven months ago, Ms Grace Mugabe treated herself to a $80.000 shopping spree in Rome.