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Mugabe trebles his pay.

DICTATOR Robert Mugabe's pay has more than trebled his own pay - as millions of Zimbabweans face record unemployment and sky-high food prices.

The 80-year-old president's annual salary rose 265 per cent to pounds 50,500, it was revealed yesterday. At the same time his allowances for living expenses doubled to pounds 1,925.

The huge increase comes in the wake of a series of strikes by state workers who say pay rises offered by Mugabe's government have not matched soaring living costs.

Inflation in Zimbabwe is now running at 602 per cent - one of the highest rates in the world.

Mugabe's wife Grace, 40, is known for a lavish lifestyle with regular shopping trips overseas. She spent pounds 75,000 in two hours in Paris when her husband attended a summit.
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 28, 2004
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