Mugabe admits 'comrades' have died of AIDS
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] Zim-bob-we President Bob
Octogenarian President-for-Life of Zim-bob-we who turned the former Breadbasket of Africa into the African Basket Case...
admitted Thursday that some of his political allies have died of AIDS, as he launched a programme urging parliamentarians to lead by example in fighting the disease.
"In my political family as well, comrades I have worked with perished and quite a number of them it has been HIV and AIDS," Mugabe told politicians.
"Parliamentarians are certainly not immune to HIV/AIDS and its consequences," Mugabe said.
"I have witnessed the challenges that both they and our people face as a result of HIV and AIDS, and yet I do not recall any politician who has come out in the open about their HIV status."
Three years ago, 88-year-old Mugabe admitted that members of his extended family had died of the disease, but he rarely speaks publicly about the disease that has exacted a heavy toll on his country.
Zim-bob-we has made gains in fighting HIV, which had infected 14 percent of the population in 2009, down from 23 percent in 2003, according to the United Nations
...aka the Oyster Bay Chowder and Marching Society...
. Some experts attribute the drop to Zim-bob-we's economic collapse, which left people without enough money to pursue multiple sexual partners.
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