Freeman Razemba recently in Magunje
Mashonaland West Province is set to have a second university following the allocation of 35 hectares of land to Magunje legislator Dr Godfrey Gandawa by Hurungwe Rural District Council for the purpose of establishing a university.
More land was also allocated to Dr Gandawa for the construction of a college and a research station in the area.
This was revealed during the Magunje Strategy Workshop Programme held in the last three days, which was running under the theme, “Assessing Progress to Date: Revatilising Zim-Asset-Strategy for Sustainable Development”.
The workshop was aimed at finding ways to achieve objectives to develop the constituency in line with Zim-Asset.
Addressing hundreds of people at Magunje Growth Point, Ward 10 Councillor Badwell Chasara said council resolved to allocate the land to Dr Gandawa, who is also the Deputy Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development.
“Council has since approved the allocation of land to Dr Gandawa for the construction of a university,” he said. “A piece of land had since been identified in Magunje.”
Clr Chasara said other land was for the construction of a college and a research station.
“Dr Gandawa also wants to build a research station and the land is already available for that,” he said.
Chief Chanetsa, whose real name is Mr Adam Katsvere, who spoke on behalf of chiefs in the area, said they were fully behind the construction of the university.
“As chiefs, we are fully behind the construction of the university in this area,” he said. “The university will bring hope among the locals and we are very happy for this development.
“We would like to applaud him for coming up with the idea since he saw it fit that there should be a university in this area. He has the people at heart.”
Dr Gandawa said plans to build the university and the research station were at an advanced stage and construction would begin soon, as some of the resources were in place.
“I also need the assistance of the people in this area to do so,” he said. “We have since identified the land and some of the required documents are now in place.
Dr Gandawa urged students to take education seriously and desist from nefarious activities.
He said he noted with concern that some of the parents were not paying school fees and said measures would be taken against them.
The workshop was also attended by senior Government officials, chiefs, councillors, teachers, headmasters and the business community.