Mugabe Donates $1 Million To AU

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President Robert Mugabe

President Of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, said on Monday he was donating $1 million to the African Union (AU).

Mugabe said he hoped to set an example for African countries to finance the Union and stop depending on outside donors.

Over 60 percent of the African Unions has been financed by outside donors such as the European Union, World Bank and governments of wealthy non-African countries.

The 93-year-old Mugabe told an African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he had auctioned 300 cattle from his personal herd in May to fulfill a promise made to the continental body two years ago.

The African Union’s 2017 budget is $782 million, increasing from $416.8 million last year. African leaders in July 2016 agreed in principle to charge a 0.2 percent levy on some exports to help finance AU operations.

Zimbabwe, whose economy was devastated by a drought last year, does not disclose its contributions to the AU. The top five African contributors are Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Nigeria and South Africa.

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