While most of my news attention has been on what’s been happening in Ukraine (given the recent violence, many are hoping that the recent accord can help calm things down), I thought I’d put together a quick post about Robert Mugabe, who is celebrating his 90th birthday today, making him not only the longest running but perhaps oldest dictator in Africa. At least, according to Wikipedia…please let me know if you know any current leaders who are older!
Mugabe’s rule is the very definition of a kleptocracy (“rule by thieves”). While 72.3% of the population lives below Zimbabwe’s own poverty line, Mugabe himself is worth nearly $5-10 billion thanks to his country’s diamond resources, making him one of the wealthiest dictators in the world.
So happy birthday to Mugabe, because whatever you think of his rule, he’s had a long – and very interesting – life.