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Parliamentary questions
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11 March 2015
Question for written answer E-004013-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Olaf Stuger (NI) , Hans Jansen (NI)

 Subject:  USD 12 000 a month salary is not enough for Mugabe
 Answer in writing 

Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, has revealed(1) that he earns USD 12 000 a month, but that he considers this amount to be too low. The average salary for civil servants in Zimbabwe is often less than USD 300 a month, which is below the poverty line. Nevertheless, the EU has promised EUR 234 million of aid to Zimbabwe. Moreover, Mugabe clearly has enough money to host extravagant birthday parties(2), in aid of which two elephants were killed, among other animals. These elephants ended up on the barbecue, as did several buffalo and antelopes.

1. Does the Commission continue to stand by its decision to sponsor Mugabe with EUR 234 million of (Dutch) taxpayers' money following these comments about his ample salary?

2. What is the Commission’s view of the killing of two elephants for Mugabe’s birthday lunch?

3. When will the Commission say ‘enough is enough’ and decide to immediately cease all aid to Zimbabwe?


Original language of question: NL 
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