Mugabe reorganises charity after 'beer scam'

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has reorganised his Kutama Old Boys Association (Koba) charity after a “beer-importation scandal”, which threatened to ruin its image.

The September 26 election of Cletus Nyachowe’s executive follows a March Daily News on Sunday exposé about a scam in which R1 million worth of whisky was imported by some members of Dakarai Mapuranga’s board under the Zanu PF leader and Mashonaland West-based foundation’s names.

David Rusike, the Association’s publicity guru, said their mandate was not only to re-energise Koba’s work and other programmes, but also refocus Kutama College (Kutama)’s extramural activities with a view of “producing well-rounded students suited for an ever-evolving world, distinct leadership qualities and responsible Zimbabwean citizenry”.

This, he said, would be achieved through the introduction of such subjects as Chinese, French, Portuguese and the broadening of music genres taught at the school.

Under a new eight-point priority plan, Koba not only seeks to restore Kutama’s academic excellence, but has also resolved to speed up the undertaking of such key projects as new dining facilities, renovate hostels and increase a bursary programme for the needy in the area.

To this end, Tawanda Sithole has been appointed projects director — albeit on a voluntary basis — to drive up these initiatives with the help of Brian Gavaza, the Association’s chief executive and director.

Sithole’s mandate, Rusike said, includes the planning, funding and execution of school projects.

Over the years, Koba — with the assistance of its main backer and patron Mugabe — has delivered on many projects that have benefitted the school and these include classrooms, school buses and other essentials.

After the scandal broke out, a clean-up was promised at the trust, with treasurer Rangarirai Mtungwazi being one of a few to be retained.

Other members of Nyachowe’s 12-man executive, include lawyer Remember Benjamin, secretary William Kwedza and John Mahachi. - Staff Writer

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