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Mugabe spent over $50mn on travel in 2016

The private 'Financial Gazette' paper reports the figure is double the amount allocated to public hospitals.

FILE: Zimbabwe’s former President Robert Mugabe. Picture: AFP.

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s travels have come under scrutiny again after it emerged the 93-year old and his Cabinet spent more than $50 million on foreign trips last year alone.

The figure was $30 million more than had been allocated under the budget.

According to a financial statement from the consolidated revenue fund, $53 million was spent on foreign travel last year, that’s well over the 23 million dollars allocated in the budget.

The private Financial Gazette paper reported on Thursday that these travel expenses relate specifically to the office of the president and cabinet.

It says the figure is double the amount allocated to public hospitals.

Official travel expenses in 2017 are also likely to be high.

Mugabe is understood to have travelled outside Zimbabwe more than a dozen times so far this year to attend international conferences and for health check-ups in Singapore.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)

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