Media freedom? Cholera treatment? Bah, humbug, says Mugabe. Let’s party on.

So Robert Mugabe is having a birthday party this weekend while a new case of cholera is registered at a rate of one a minute.

In this video by the Guardian a woman tells the heart-wrenching story of having no money to pay for the drip her sick husband needed: “On Wednesday I had no money. On Thursday he died”. Mugabe’s birthday party is said to cost £350 000.

Not surprisingly, Mugabe also dismissed demands for media freedom in the country.

These are the legacies that the new government of national unity will have to deal with – amid skepticism that the power-wrangling between Mugabe and Tsvangirai will bring about significant change soon enough to stem the tide of disease in the country.

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