Mugabe’s child studies abroad as Zim system collapses

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Bona Mugabe, the daughter of Zimbabwean detector Robert Mugabe reportedly studying in Hong Kong under a different name. She is said to began her studies the University of Hong Kong, reports say.

Bona’s presence there came to light after her 43-year-old mother, Grace,
allegedly assaulted British freelance photographer Richard Jones as he took pictures of her shopping in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Australia last year deported eight students whose parents are senior members of the Mugabe regime, saying it wanted to prevent those involved in human rights abuses giving their children education denied to ordinary Zimbabweans.

Asked about Ms Mugabe’s admission, a university spokeswoman is quoted as saying : “We believe that education should be above politics and young people should not be denied the rights to education because of their family background or what their parents have done.”

Very little learning took place at public schools in 2008 as teachers spent the better part of the year striking for more pay or sitting at home because they could not afford bus fare to work on their meager salaries.

The new school term was initially set to start on January 13, but the government moved the date to January 27, citing failure by the Zimbabwe Schools Examinations Councils to complete marking of last year’s public schools examinations. Delays in marking examinations were because senior teachers would not mark them until their were paid more allowances.

Last Tuesday teachers found salary deposit of Z$29 trillion which is less than US$10. It is just enough to buy only 10 loaves of bread. They had demanded to be paid not less than US$2 000. This led the secretary general of the militant Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ), Raymond Majongwe, to declare that the new salary was an “insult and a mockery” promising the union that has led previous strikes by teachers would call on all its members to boycott classes when schools open next Tuesday.

Mugabe and members of his regime are subject to a range of targeted sanctions that were imposed about eight years ago in an attempt to nudge them towards political reforms. Last summer, the EU broadened its sanctions by adding 37 individuals and four companies to a list of more than 130 of Mr Mugabe’s relatives and officials already blacklisted by the 27-nation bloc.

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