Govt to build $1bn Mugabe university

HARARE - Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo yesterday stunned journalists when he revealed that influential First Lady Grace Mugabe has pressured government to build a state-of-the-art university to be named after her husband at a cost of $1 billion.

The Robert Gabriel Mugabe University would be established at the First Lady’s Manzou Farm in Mazowe.

“We have been pushed positively; the real inspiration and mover pulling together the various pieces that need to be in place has been the First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe because this is the initiative of the Robert Mugabe Foundation (RMF).

“The university will be established under the auspices of the foundation which is the responsible authority of the university,” Moyo told journalists yesterday.

Mugabe and Grace are the founding trustees of the RMF.

Moyo said the construction phase is going to start in the next six months when groups being set up to oversee its incubation under the supervision of the University of Zimbabwe submit their working plans.

Government would initially release $1 billion for the construction project.

“The State is giving a grant to the RMF for the establishment of the Robert Gabriel Mugabe University. The money is coming from the Treasury.

“Cabinet has already approved a grant of $800 million towards the construction of the university while the other $200 million will go towards the establishment of a fund for research and innovation,” Moyo said.

He defended the decision to source the funds from Treasury saying although this was not a State university, the practice was normal.

“This is how it is done the world over,” he said.

The university will specialise in science and technology.

“We actually don’t know how much in the final analysis it is going to cost but it is going to be very expensive. We know from experiences of similar universities in China, Malaysia, Brazil, India and South Korea that this is a very expensive university and yet one that is very necessary.

“We therefore feel that the initiative deserves support and in the first instance from the State,” Moyo said.

According to the 2017 budget estimates of expenditure in the Blue Book, there is no budgetary provision for the university.

Moyo said the Robert Gabriel Mugabe University will be a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (Stem) institution designed to facilitate the discovery of scientific, technological and engineering solutions to improve the quality of life in Zimbabwe.

The university will concentrate on Stem areas exclusively at graduate level.

Comments (5)

Idiots don't budget, they spend without thought of the impact to the fiscus. Now Grace in a panic mode after realising she can't be president of ZANU PF wants an exit package in form of a University. Shame.

Ziziharinanyanga - 10 August 2017

Nxaaaa nonsense mhani this is total hallucination ukudelela abantu how on earth can a totally broke jomba govt say will build a 1billion dollar university for a so destructive individual ,when pple all over the country are drinking water contaminated by human shiit , hospitals have no adequate machine which has seen pple travelling as far as Malaysia for eye treatment . Roads are beyond repair pot holes every way Sewage pipes not being repaired hence shiit flows as it likes, In our cities pple fail to withdraw their monies from banks bcoz they is no money in the banks the illegal money exchangers have more money than the banks demity Civil workers get peanuts will citizens have no dissent houses Pple are very angry that is why they want this rude govt out next year .

Diibulaanyika - 10 August 2017

everyone is wondering the same. why build a new univ when the oldest one is in shambles and the rest are not to world standards!! for what purpose, to churn out graduates who will sell sim cards?

zuze - 10 August 2017

Let them build with tax payers' funds , but when the wheel turns as surely it will, like the way we took our land from the whites so will the government of the day take what was built using state funds. Kutoita University yavo nemari yenyika.Zvinopera izvo.

chimuti - 11 August 2017

Handife ndakaendesa mwana wangu kuUNIVERSITY ikoko nyangwe zvikanzi ndekwemahara, NEVER.

PHD - 11 August 2017

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