The implementation of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 hinges on continent’s ability to mobilize sufficient, predictable and timely financial resources. The principle of national ownership is the gospel most African states are preaching and Zimbabwe as a member has been much involved in such process despite questions on the capacity and institutional integrity in carrying out such a responsibility.
The recently held Angolan elections, the first of its own after 38 years of dictatorship by Jose Eduardo dos Santos, have been heavily contested by the opposition alleging that it has been rigged in favour of the ruling party, People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola.
Two weeks ago Zimbabwean cabinet approved a grant of $800 million towards the construction of the Robert Gabriel Mugabe University and a grant of $200 million towards the University Endowment Fund for research and innovation. This is despite the fact that the government owes other university more than US$100, 000 areas that were not paid through the cadetship program. Many questioned the logic of building another university whilst the other ones we have are suffering from high staff turnover as the government is failing to pay lectures, dilapidating infrastructure among other things. Zimbabwe has close to over 15 state universities, and adding another will pose a serious burden to the already cash stripped government. People took to social media to register their concern… with others urging the government to invest that one billion dollars in resuscitating the industry, create employment and boost the industry.
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