From the Times Online:
It is the 85th birthday of President Mugabe this month and the zealots of his Zanu (PF) party are determined that it should be an occasion that their great leader will never forget.
In recent days they have been out soliciting â€œdonationsâ€ from corporate Zimbabwe and have drawn up a wish list that is scarcely credible in a land where seven million citizens survive on international food aid, 94 per cent are jobless and cholera rampages through a population debilitated by hunger.
The list includes 2,000 bottles of champagne (MoÃ«t & Chandon or â€™61 Bollinger preferred); 8,000 lobsters; 100kg of prawns; 4,000 portions of caviar; 8,000 boxes of Ferrero Rocher chocolates; 3,000 ducks; and much else besides. A postscript adds: â€œNo mealie mealâ€ â€” the ground corn staple on which the vast majority of Zimbabweans survived until the countryâ€™s collapse rendered even that a luxury.
Those who prefer to give in cash, not kind, are invited to send â€œdonationsâ€ of between $45,000 and $55,000 to a US dollar bank account in the name of the 21st February Movement, a youth organisation controlled by Zanu (PF) and named after the date of the Presidentâ€™s birthday.