President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe on Monday donated $1 million to the African Union Commission;proceeds from the sale of cattle belonging to him and is friends.
“You see, as an African and a farmer, the donation of cattle came to me naturally, given that our continent is rich in cattle,” he said as he handed over the $1 million cheque at the opening of the African Union Heads of Summit in Addis Ababa.
President Mugabe noted that he made the promise in Johannesburg, South Africa in June 2015 to donate 300 head of cattle to the newly-established African Union Foundation.
“…When I returned to Zimbabwe, I informed my party and people, they said to me: ‘Uh…Comrade Mugabe, Comrade President, this is a very innovative idea; it is a very noble cause and we would like to be part of it.’
“They therefore joined hands and mobilised more cattle over and above my personal pledge,” he said.
“I am aware that this humble gesture on our part has no universal application. But it demonstrates what is possible when we apply our minds to the most urgent tasks before us to find alternative and innovative ways of funding our union and in particular, Agenda 2063,” President Mugabe said.