Despite his nation's myriad ills—231 million percent inflation, massive
unemployment, thousands dying weekly from HIV/AIDS and a cholera
outbreak that has claimed nearly 4,000 people in six months— corrupt and notoriously anti-gay
president dictator Robert Mugabe
of Zimbabwe focuses on the important things and throws a lavish birthday bash for his 85th birthday.
More than half the country's 13 million people survive on food aid ... but the dictator slaughtered more than $150,000 worth of livestock for his extravaganza. "This kind of celebration, amid so much suffering by so many, is obscene," says outspoken Mugabe critic John Makumbe.
Mugabe is infamous for describing gays as "worse than dogs and pigs." Mugabe's government has enacted tougher anti-sodomy legislation and a statute that makes simple touching between men a criminal offense.