Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Another new currency for Zimbabwe!

Hats off to the AIDS & Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) who have launched a campaign to highlight inadequate funding of HIV and AIDS treatment in the region, by printing a range of tantalising bank notes. Here's one of the Old Man himself.

The sad part is, due to the nation's utter bankruptcy thanks to his cunning policies, poor old Bob's bank note is lowest denomination in the print run.

Well, he can hardly be expected to compete with George Dubya Bush and his sidekick, Dick Cheney, who 'wasted' a 12 figure sum on the war in Iraq.

But surely he could be in the running with other top flight African leaders who are applauded for their fiscal prudence. Yoweri Museveni, for instance, who bought a private jet for a mere $48 million. That's how much it would cost to provde HIV treatment for almost 230,000 years. But surely a president deserves to travel in style, and besides, the jet he already had was looking a little lonely...


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Mthoko said...

Are you sure that the 48 million was for a jet? i am sure you are mistaken, it was surely a space shuttle. The problem with politicians is that the national budget becomes a their personal piggy bank!

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Living Zimbabwe said...

It is so sad how African leaders can spend so much on themselves whilst they let their people suffer. That is taking greed to another level!

Anonymous said...

Hi there,

James from Scotland here (just blown my anomynous tag haha)

brilliant blog. It does a great services. I really have a feel for the ins and outs of the situation over in Zim.

I enjoy reading our comments so much...your humorous slant is excellant.

I dont know how you guys manage.

One thing i would like you to mention in your blog.......

How do you get money to survive if you cant withdraw from a bank?

Especially with 350 bucks internet charge etc

Do you have to have a stash buried in the garden or something?

If the question is too sensitve then no worries!

Alll the best from sunny scotland

Anonymous said...

I want to be noble and all, but all I can think is, "How do I get me a $250,000 note for my collection?

Such a shame. Such a shame...