North Korea is set to earn US$5 million after producing two statues of Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe, Radio Free Asia reported
on the 25th.
Citing a Zimbabwean news outlet, it was alleged North Korea’s
Mansudae Art Studio was tasked with creating a
10 meter tall bronze statue in addition to a smaller likeness of the current leader in celebration of his 90th birthday.
The larger, $3.5 million statue will stand in the Zimbabwean
capital of Harare, and the smaller, $1.5 million statue will be erected in a soon-to-be-completed
memorial hall in Mugabe’s rural home of Zvimba.
North Korea is known to have constructed various buildings
and monuments throughout Africa as part of the cash-strapped regime’s drive to
bring in foreign currency.