The African leader some call a hero and others a destructive despot suggests people in his country aren't hungry, they just can't eat their favorite food.That's 4 million people going hungry out of stubbornness.
President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, said in an interview with The Associated Press that his people are "very, very happy'' though aid agencies report 4 million of 11.6 million face famine.
"You describe it as if we have a whole cemetery,'' Mugabe said of a reporter's description of the southern African nation's dire straits, blaming "continuous years of drought.''
The problem is reliance on corn, he said during Friday's interview, "but it doesn't mean we haven't other things to eat: We have heaps of potatoes but people are not potato eaters... they have rice but they're not as attracted (to that).''
But the cost of potatoes is beyond the pocket of ordinary Zimbabweans.