Zimbabwe to Spend $1 Billion on University Honoring Mugabe

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Zimbabwe’s Cabinet has approved spending at least $1 billion to create a university in honor of President Robert Mugabe, says a Zimbabwean minister. The amount represents about a quarter of the country’s $4.1 billion budget.

Higher education minister Jonathan Moyo told reporters Wednesday that a foundation owned by the 93-year-old Mugabe and his wife will be in charge of the university.

The project has been planned for years, but Moyo says the first lady has pushed for its completion.

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Mugabe has ruled the once-prosperous southern African nation since 1980 and is already campaigning for next year’s elections, despite growing concerns about his health.

Zimbabwe is currently deep in economic crisis.

About $800 million will be spent on the university’s construction and $200 million put toward an endowment for research and innovation.


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