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Mugabe's Presidential Scholarship Program collapses

The Zanu-PF administered Presidential Scholarship Programme is facing collapse following reports that the search of prospective beneficiaries has not taken place for the second year in a row.

The scholarship benefits nearly 4 000 Zimbabwean students annually who are given a chance to study at different universities in South Africa.

Radio Dialogue has established that the state run programme has not advertised for scholarships for prospective students last and this year.

Bulawayo resource person for the scholarship Bulawayo Governor Cain Mathema said the programme had not taken off for this year.

He said he was not aware when the programme can resume.

Director of the presidential scholarship programme Chris Mushowe was not available for comment but admitted in the local media that they were facing financial constraints. Tendai Biti the Minister of Finance recently refused to fund Robert Mugabe’s private U$54m /year Scholarship Scheme saying President Robert Mugabe should mobilise resources to bankroll the scholarship.

Biti said treasury cannot continue to bankroll the controversial scheme as it is Mugabe’s personal initiative.

There are reports that the scheme is facing budgetary constraints with Zimbabwe’s students struggling at South African colleges.

An estimated 4 000 Zimbabwean students are studying at different universities in South Africa.

An average 250 students per institution are enrolled at 15 universities in South Africa.

These include the University of Johannesburg, University of Kwazulu-Natal (UKZN), University of Pretoria, Monash University, and Fort Hare University.

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