Mugabe's travel expenses shock Zimbabwe
A Zimbabwean newspaper has claimed President Robert Mugabe has spent $20 million on luxurious travel for himself and his huge entourage in the first half of 2011.
The Daily News says it obtained government expenditure figures revealing a gross overspend on the tyrant’s annual $15m travel budget.
Mugabe often travels with more than 70 people each time he leaves office in
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The news has sparked anger from the public, the majority of which live in poverty as the country faces a $700 million budget deficit.
It also printed figures for the 87-year-old’s coalition government partner Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who along with his deputies has spent close to $3.3m, almost three quarters of their annual budget of $5m.
The independent newspaper said the Prime Minister’s office had spent $450,000 in January, $580,000 in February, $730,000 in March, $450,000 in April, $270,000 in May and $790,000 in June.