“The Zanu-PF youth league's one million-man march, slated for this Wednesday in Harare to prop up President Robert Mugabe's waning public support, is expected to gobble over $600 000, with the bulk of the money squeezed out of ailing parastatals, private firms and the few remaining white commercial farmers,” reported the Standard.
Believe that and you believe anything! How can $600 000 pay for transport, accommodation and food for one million people? So after marching for hours all the marchers can expect of a drink worth 60c each!
When President Mugabe met the 10 000 war vets on 7 April 2016 the bill was $2 million, as the War Vet Minister later revealed. President Mugabe is renowned for making sure his supporters are fed plenty of meat and beer on such occasions; it helps to make them forget their troubles and sing his praises with gusto.
If he spent $200 per person per day on the hostile war vets he would not want to been tight fisted with the party youths whom he is now banking on counter the war vets. So the regime will spend $200 per marcher giving a total of $200 million. Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa will be instructed to find the money and pay the bill.
When Bona had her wedding, the nation was told the total cost was $5 million but if anyone had carried out a thorough audit the true cost was easily ten times the official figure. In this case the regime's spin doctors knew telling the nation the true cost of this latest PR stunt would do even more harm to Mugabe’s already rotten image. Sadly, they have once again themselves by coming up with a ridiculous total price that everyone can see is a lie.
Increasing the budget 100 times will mean the regime spending $60 million or $60 per marcher per day meaning many of them will have to sleep rough and will stranded. The last thing President Mugabe would want is read stories of how thousands of the marchers were abandoned as happened with the hired crowd bussed in to welcome the Chinese President last year!
60c per head per day is without doubt the cheapest hired crowd in the whole world!