Mu­gabe Univer­sity ‘not a pri­or­ity’

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Con­tro­ver­sial plans to build a new univer­sity named af­ter Robert Mu­gabe, Zim­babwe’s for­mer pres­i­dent, are no longer a pri­or­ity of the coun­try’s gov­ern­ment. Amon Mur­wira, the min­is­ter for higher and ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion, said that the fo­cus was now on three other new in­sti­tu­tions: Gwanda State Univer­sity, Maron­dera Univer­sity and Man­i­ca­land Univer­sity, ac­cord­ing to a re­port in Newsday. But he said that the min­istry is still look­ing at the idea of the pro­posed Robert Gabriel Mu­gabe Univer­sity so that it can reach an “in­formed de­ci­sion” on the $1 bil­lion (£708 mil­lion) scheme’s fu­ture. The gov­ern­ment had pre­vi­ously planned to build the con­tro­ver­sial univer­sity, which was to be funded by a gov­ern­ment grant, on Mr Mu­gabe’s pri­vate prop­erty in the Mashona­land Cen­tral prov­ince.

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