Zimbabwe’s Minister of Information Communication Technology (ICT) Nelson Chamisa has defended a controversial decision to give a laptop to the notorious leader of the war veterans association Joseph Chinotimba under the much lauded e–government computer programme.
Chamisa sourced over 300 laptops and printers and donated part of the consignment to the country’s top six in the inclusive government including Robert Mugabe, John Nkomo, Joice Mujuru, Morgan Tsvangirai, Thokozani Khupe and Arthur Mutambara. Ministers and their permanent secretaries were also given the laptops and printers, leading Mugabe to call Chamisa a “supersonic minister”.
This week on Thursday it was revealed that the clownish Chinotimba had also received a laptop and this sent tongues wagging over what the benefit was.
Chamisa however said: “As you may know, as a government, we launched the ZimConnect document which is our e-government flagship. It’s a roadmap to make sure we increase literacy on ICT, turning our country from a techno-phobic to techno-savvy society which looks at a laptop as a daily requirement for workstyles and lifestyles.
“After we had given laptops to ministers, permanent secretaries and principal directors, Cde Chinotimba came to our offices with a group of other war veterans. They said as farmers they wanted laptops to use in their farming activities, and that fits very well with our programme. We want farmers to use internet to enhance productivity.
“We said look, to the extent that there is appetite from Cde Chinotimba, we will satisfy that appetite. So it happened that Cde Chinotimba’s hands were happy recipients of the goodness of this ministry.
“We are a government for everyone, we represent across the spectrum from the high end of society to the low end. Cde Chinotimba represents our being as a country, these are our war veterans we have to make sure that we empower them.”
Chinotimba, asked what he wanted to use the laptop for, shot back with typical clownish humour: “What do you use laptops for? It is a government exercise for people and I want to write down all the farms we took under the land reform programme, and also to have names of the remaining farms so that we take them and give people like you.”
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