Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe, celebrated his 84th birthday this week, still adamant that he will remain in power after next month's elections, saying
, "There will never be regime change here ... Never." How a man can spend the equivalent of about $250,000 on a birthday party while the rest of his country deals with unemployment rates of over 80%, an inflation rate of over 100,000%, and acute shortages of gasoline, hard currency, food and most basic goods is beyond me.
Protestors launched giant helium balloons with banners reading: "Elections free and fair or just hot air?" and "Bob, you've had your cake. Now beat it.". Is there any hope of getting free and fair elections next month?