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A Fool And His Money

It is tragic and funny. 

When Nomatter Tagarira, a spirit medium, claimed that she could conjure refined diesel out of a rock by striking it with her staff, ministers in Robert Mugabe’s Government believed that they might have found the solution to Zimbabwe’s perennial fuel shortage.

After witnessing her apparently miraculous gift they gave her five billion Zimbabwean dollars in cash (worth £1.7 million at the start of the year but now worth one seven-hundredth of that) in return for the fuel. Ms Tagarira was also given a farm, said to have been seized from its white owner during Mr Mugabe’s lawless land grab, as well as food and services that included a round-the-clock armed guard on the rock in the district of Chinhoyi 60 miles (100km) from Harare, the capital.

So much economic stupidity.   Taking away a farm from a productive farmer, in nation short of food,  and then giving farm to a charlatan.     Would James Watson [2]or Joe Biden [3] care of offer any comments?

Hat tip:  Purple Avenger,  Ace of Spades [4].