Speaking at the Fort Hare centenary celebrations in Aliceâ€š Eastern Capeâ€š on Fridayâ€š Mugabe said western forces wanted to bring about regime change in Africa.
Mugabeâ€š who has been leader since 198oâ€š said the United States had said publicly it wanted to effect regime change in Zimbabwe.
â€œI am hanging on because I want to prevent regime change. It will never comeâ€šâ€ Mugabe saidâ€š to the applause of the assembled guests.
Mugabeâ€š who studied at Fort Hare and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1951â€š said it had been a long struggle by Africans to prove that they were equal to other races.
He said Africans had proven they could run their own affairs.
â€œLet products from here truly represent what our elders sought to make students become in life: Leaders of people who were courageous but educated.â€
Mugabe said when Zimbabwe became independentâ€š he decided that every child had a right to educationâ€š not just primary but also tertiary.
He also said he decided to accelerate gender equalityâ€š starting with the education of a girl child.
He said Zimbabwe did not have many universities at the time.
He said during 1995 and 2016â€š a scholarship fund saw 3â€š679 Zimbabwean students completing their studies in South African institutionsâ€š 3â€š010 of whom graduated from Fort Hare.
Mugabe said now that Zimbabwe had 14 universitiesâ€š the numbers of Zimbabwean students being sent to South Africa had dwindled.
He said he did not want the scholarship fund to die completely.
â€œAlthough we have reduced numbersâ€š we will maintain the scholarship to Fort Hare as a tribute of what it has doneâ€š its African-nessâ€š the history of the ANC and the making of the African nation. That is the history we shareâ€šâ€ Mugabe said.
On gender equalityâ€š Mugabe said they had a tradition that boys deserved to be educatedâ€š and that girls would get married when they turned 18.
â€œBut nowâ€š I said â€˜Letâ€™s educate them on an equal basisâ€™â€šâ€ Mugabe said.
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