Mugabe begs for votes

HARARE – President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday begged for votes from presidential scholarship beneficiaries so as to increase his chances in the impending polls.

Over 500 students on the presidential scholarship were bused from Compensation House in Harare for “lunch” with Mugabe at State House, where they were reminded to return the education favour in the coming election.

Citing a Shona proverb “kandiro kanoenda kunobva kamwe” or a good favour deserves reciprocation, Bishop Chipangwa told the students that it was time to thank the 89-year-old leader for sending them to South African universities on scholarships by voting for him.

The meeting, dubbed a “Get together” for past and present beneficiaries, is the first of its kind since the start of the scholarship in 1995.

Former Apostolic Faith Mission of Zimbabwe and now founder of Apostolic Flame Zimbabwe, Bishop Oliver Chipunza proffered the opening remarks.

Christopher Mushowe, director of the scholarship, Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo, deputy chief secretary to the President and Cabinet Justin Mupamhanga, presidential spokesperson George Charamba are some of the government officials who graced the “lunch”.

The students were drawn from universities in five South African provinces — Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Northern and Eastern Cape.

Mugabe promised to pay up the students’ fees arrears by July 29 after SA universities threatened to chuck out defaulting students.

Comments (2)

Hats off what His Excellency did was really noble, from my poor background I need to applaud the President for the gesture. What only makes my heart bleed is when he leaves Mushohwe and his nephew Mushunje to run the show. The two have brought shame and disrepute to the program through embezzlement of funds meant for the disadvantaged hence exposing female students to abuse. I propose that before clearing the arrears an audit team is sent to verify on how monies were used. Thank you President makaita basa Gushungo, but rogue- out those culprits.

Chisa FFT - 4 July 2013

Wakamboona Baba vanodavidza ma next door kana vatengera vana CHINGWA. GOVT MONEY!!!! YES? ANY PRESIDENT WILL CARE FOR THE NEEDS OF THE KIDS. DO NOT PLAY POLITICS HERE. SELECTION IS BY NEPOTISM AND ZANISM. After graduating Mr President where are the jobs. kuchiCIO?

GRADUATE WHINDI - 5 July 2013

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