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Zim to build Robert Mugabe University

Will any top Zimbabwe officials actually send their children to the new Robert Mugabe university that’s being set up in honour of the 93-year-old president?

That’s what Zimbabweans have been asking after the Chronicle newspaper reported this week that the authorities had begun the process of “setting up” the new institution, which is being billed as a “smart” university likely to specialise in engineering.

The southern African country already has a Robert Mugabe School of Intelligence, which was set up in 2007 near Harare.

Robert Mugabe School of Intelligence

Zimbabweans on Twitter joke grimly that its graduates are the faceless followers who suddenly follow Twitter accounts in large numbers.

But that school is not enough, according to higher education minister Jonathan Moyo.

He tweeted this week that “a future dictator” would not be able to change the name of the yet-to-be-built university.

That was after a suggestion from one local that the Robert Mugabe tag be dropped after the building is finished.

Grace Mugabe, PhD

The Chronicle says the flagship University of Zimbabwe will play a part in the establishment of the new institution. The University of Zimbabwe controversially awarded Grace Mugabe a PhD in 2014 three months after it was reported that she’d signed up for it. Separate reports have suggested that the university could be built in Mazowe, where Grace Mugabe already has a dairy, an orphanage, a private school and land.

Online media watchdog @ZimMediaReview asked its followers this week: “How do you think a degree from a ‘Robert Mugabe University’ would rate around the world?

“Just a worthless political project that will crumble soon enough,” tweeted @mmatigari.

Trump University

@Ricky27_263 said in a tweet that the degree would be worth the same “as one from Trump University” in New York, which offered a programme in real estate but had to cease operations in 2010.

“It would rate as well as Air Zimbabwe in Europe,” said @NMusandu in a reference to the national carrier which has just been put on the European Commission’s list of banned airlines because of safety concerns.

Tweeted @garynev09: “No shefu [top official] or cabinet member will take their kids there I bet my last $$$.”

New ‘Robert Mugabe Foundation’

Mugabe’s daughter Bona went to university in Hong Kong, while his son Robert Junior has been to university in Dubai. His spokesman George Charamba said earlier this month that he has a child studying in China.

The Chronicle says the university will be owned by the ‘Robert Mugabe Foundation’, which is also still to be set up. Radio VOP

  • obvious if they dont mugabe will tek back the farms he gave to them

  • Smoko yes what’s important is education

  • it’s rrly a gd idea

  • Why not

  • A Name doesn’t matter, what we want is Education,

  • ehunde vangu vanoendako,vanovadako

  • zita harina basa chikuru ifundo chete

  • kunana RHODES kwamunoenda haasi mazita evanhu here

  • Wht education? Imagine your children having a degree certificate written
    Robert Mugabe University- A big no!! Sorry

    • Why not? People with Kim Il Sung University degrees are sought after in the US as experts on Asian studies, North Korea, Economics, Agrospecialists and so on. US professors are lining up to teach there and it’s hard for them to get jobs there. In 10 or 20 years time it will be a prestigious degree because top professors from the world will want to teach there because of the name and notoriety.

  • Vachidzidziswa chiZanu

  • Ini wangu haadzidzepo pliz coz zita iroro handidi kurinzwa vamwe takaponderwa hama dzedu naye zita itoro rinebasa

  • He has many tricks to suck money from pple’money paid from that school belongs to his nephews eating nice in poor man’s expense & energy ‘ so its up pple how they see & take it but we are jst coned daylight mhen! I dont know when are gonna wake from being treated like puppets ‘let his cats & dogs go there we will never trouble ourselves abt that ‘its like those guys digging Gold in the mines ‘when comes to share they will receive $400 a month the rest is taken by the big guruz ooh what a shame!!!!!!!

  • Kunenge kuchidzidzwei uku?

  • Robert Mugabe Institute of Dictatorship sounds more convincing, Robert Mugabe University I don’t follow that.

  • pamberi nagushungo

  • Dai zita risina basa akaregerei kuti muzenda saka ngaadzidzise vana vake mugabe

  • Nyeoerai vanhu kusvika vahwa

  • hakuna company inopa munhu basa abva pa robert mugabe university

  • Might as well do another called Osama Bin Laden, I don’t see anybody normal sending their kids to have such a permanent imprint of such a vile name

  • With what money 🤣😂😂

  • what’s bad about that

  • Why not

  • In the future its might be proper but for now imboitai mushe

  • Munhu wese kuchikoro purizi

  • Why not ‘

  • Hachidhure here?

  • now is not the tym why not first revive the industry first i mean wats the point of education when in the end you cant find jobs