Foreign firms must fund Mugabe’s scheme says Mushowe

Government must put in place modalities to compel foreign-owned companies to bankroll the presidential scholarship scheme, says Youths, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Minister Christopher Mushowe.

Youths, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Minister Christopher Mushowe.
Youths, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Minister Christopher Mushowe.

He made the statement, which is likely to upset the already burdened companies, while officiating at the handover to government of a school built by the Tongogara community share ownership trust in Shurugwi recently.

“Wise companies must know that it is impossible to come here and take the wealth from our soil while locals are left with no benefits like academic empowerment. It’s like a man who sits in a boat inside a dam with crocodiles and hippos then start to feast while they watch. That boat will be overturned and the man will be destroyed,” said Mushowe, who heads President Robert Mugabe’s controversial scholarship programme.

“What we are saying is that the foreign companies should fund our students under the beautiful scheme of President Mugabe. After that they should also go on to give them job opportunities when they come back. Mining companies should in fact be in the fore-front on that so that we get more local engineers in their firms than have foreign ones who would lie to us on the mineral resources we have,” he said.

Since 2010, he claimed, Mugabe had been battling to fund the scheme from his own pocket – obviously unsuccessfully as reports say government now owes South African universities over $1 million in tuition fees and has failed to provide for the welfare of the students. There have been reports of some students being forced into prostitution and drug dealing in order to survive – as they have no funds to return home.

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