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Govt to build $1bn Mugabe university

By Andrew Kunambura

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.

Grace Mugabe and Jonathan Moyo
Grace Mugabe and Jonathan Moyo

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. Daily News

  • Thats why he is a Professor, ihwenya kwese!!

  • Yes, I remember her saying she wanted more land at Mazowe to build RG Mugabe Uni, thought it was from her coffers….!!!!🙀🙀🙀

  • Ko dai Mari iyoyo yaiswa kuma projects and research tisimudze nyika iyi

    • No need for research at the present moment. Our hospitals are in a sorry state. Look t our roads. It’s a plot to spend the money. Apa wotonswa its a graduate school.

    • Research is always needed. We should also remember that we don’t need aid all the time. We need innovation more than anything else. Innovation from our leaders, innovation from the entire populace

    • Brian Research is important I am not saying it isn’t. I am saying it’s not a priority.

    • Innovation is not coming when infrastructure is in a sorry state. Hazviiti

    • Zviri kutobva pa lack of innovation ka. Tara inobvepi, cement inobvepi, mishonga muzvipatara zvobvepi. Don’t we have engineers, doctors, chemists, pharmacists? Vamwe vane ma first class from local and international universities. Ndovatiri kuti ngavapiwe support kuti tirege kuita boast of robots

  • So minus $1 billion, $14 billion to go. Inga irikushanda. Problem is they would want to replace it.

  • Go ahead! We also want.Chitungwiza railway line please!

  • Whats the purpose of another Varsity? Apo aripo acho, arikuburitsa maGraduates arikushaya basa. Why can’t they just rename University of Zimbabwe to the name they wish and inject 1 billion to other developmental programmes

  • I want to be the Chancellor please not vice!

  • Kana mapedza moisa imwe kwaZvimba amai !

  • Zimbabwe….you break my heart

  • Jonathan ka munhu anotaura chokwadi nguva dzose

  • ok

  • K

  • 1billion can resuscitate Shabani Mashava Mines and current graduates can get employed. Nxaa

  • You guys you on another planet with your Mugabe

  • Vice chancellor Dr Grace Mugabe 😂😂😂

  • Im glad there iz no Zim professor n m family…Id b shy t walk e streets!

  • We z zim going

  • Gues people will be getting PHDs in 3months

  • Bootlicking zvakare. Immunisation against resentment by the dear geriatric leader.

  • Harare~Beitbridge Road badly needs upgrading. Roads in high density areas are unpassable due to potholes. Many schools are in despicable state. Then yu want to misuse state funds to construct a varsity for a particular family’s benefit.ooh no ! Lord have on our beloved Zimbabwe.we have suffered enough

  • lies

  • Mike Dunn

    1 billion for Grace, 5 million for the disabled, they sure have their priorities right!

  • Mike Dunn

    1 billion for Grace, 5 million for the disabled, they sure have their priorities right!

  • Jonso kakateva riva kabva kabata amai ivo ndokuti baba huyai muriva ivo ndokupindawo. (Adam n Eve nenyoka) pane angachabata Jonso here ?_hapana kkkk

  • Bornfree

    It seems like never ending… Gosh