Mugabe University would be a 'monument of Zimbabwean injustice' - activists

2017-05-22 17:00
Robert Mugabe (File: AFP)

Robert Mugabe (File: AFP)

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Harare – Activists in Zimbabwe have ridiculed plans to build a Robert Mugabe University, adding that naming an educational institution after the veteran leader would be "palpably unfair and a monument of Zimbabwean injustice".

According to New, Great Zimbabwe University lecturer and Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) president Takavafira Zhou said that President Mugabe did not deserve any more appreciation than he already had.

He added that the nonagenarian was associated with tyranny, dictatorship, cronyism and economic decay.

Zhou accused the veteran leader of bringing a once prosperous country to its knees through his "disastrous economic policies", which have forced many Zimbabwean citizens into street trading.

"It would not be befitting for a learning institution to be named after a leader who has destroyed his legacy by overstaying in power," Zhou was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, a former Zimbabwe National Students Union (Zinasu) president, who is now an activist with the Zimbabwe Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union, Pride Nkomo, said that naming an institution after Mugabe would be "a big insult to academics".

This come a week after reports said that authorities in the southern African country had begun a process of "setting up" the new institution, which was being billed as a "smart" university, likely to specialise in engineering.

The flagship University of Zimbabwe was reportedly going to 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 suggested that the university could be built in Mazowe, where Grace Mugabe already has a dairy, an orphanage, a private school, and land. 

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

But, according to Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo, that school was not enough.

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

Some social media users had, however, mocked the planned university, with some even suggesting that qualifications from the said institution were likely to be useless pieces of paper. 

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