President donates 300 cattle to AU

President Mugabe, African Union Commission Deputy Chairperson Mr Erastus Mwencha (left) and Karoi farmer Jimayi Muduvuri address members of the Media at State House in Harare yesterday. Mr Mwencha is in Zimbabwe to receive the 300 cattle pledged by President Mugabe to the bloc. — (Picture by Kudakwashe Hunda)

President Mugabe, African Union Commission Deputy Chairperson Mr Erastus Mwencha (left) and Karoi farmer Jimayi Muduvuri address members of the Media at State House in Harare yesterday. Mr Mwencha is in Zimbabwe to receive the 300 cattle pledged by President Mugabe to the bloc. — (Picture by Kudakwashe Hunda)

Felex Share Senior Reporter—
President Mugabe has honoured his pledge of 300 head of cattle he made to the African Union Foundation last year, with AU Commission deputy chairperson Mr Erastus Mwencha arriving in the country yesterday to receive the cattle.The President, who was AU and Sadc chairman when he made the pledge in June last year, made the donation as a way of dissuading Africa from over-reliance on external partners whose donations come with strings attached.

Speaking after meeting President Mugabe at State House, Mr Mwencha said the cattle contribution would go a long way in capacitating the Foundation.

“I am here for very good news,” he said.

“His Excellency the President during his tenure as chairperson of the African Union made a contribution and a donation to the private sector and as we know that last year when we had Ebola the private sector came up in a very strong way to support the African Union. So His Excellency also showed his commitment in that direction.

“He made a donation of some 300 cattle which will be a contribution to support our programmes including, for instance, building our health capacity and also strengthening our education for the continent.”

The African Union Foundation is the brainchild of African Heads of State and Government and was created for the purposes of collaborating with the private sector, philanthropists, individuals and the Diaspora to solicit donations and seek voluntary contributions towards the financing of Africa’s development priorities in pursuit of Agenda 2063.

The Foundation seeks to promote the development of skills and human resources on the continent, women empowerment and gender equality and to promote integration and management of diversity, youth development and entrepreneurship, advocacy and support for the African Union

Mr Mwencha said they were yet to make a decision on whether to sell the cattle or “get a place to keep them so that they multiply”. President Mugabe, who has repeatedly called on African countries to depend on themselves, said he hoped the donation would “keep the foundation going”.

“I am happy that the gift we offered to the AU is at last received by the beneficiary,” he said. “I just decided that we make a gift in kind, it just struck me that no one had ever thought of a gift by way of cattle to the AU and since we are cattle people why shouldn’t we also make a gift to the AU in cattle form? So we are very happy to make such a contribution, it (AU) is our organisation. And we hope the cattle, as will be decided now by the AU, will play some part in establishing the foundation, making the foundation keep going.”

Kadoma businessman Mr Jimayi Muduvuri, who is looking after the cattle, said he had seen it fit to assist President Mugabe who always had a busy schedule. “I am the one who said President you cannot do that for yourself, being the chairman for AU (by then), it is not his job. He is working for us and that is our duty to support our President,” he said.

Mr Mwencha is expected to go and see the cattle at Vuka Farm in Karoi today.

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  • Mhofu

    This way out of touch you donate 300 cattle to the continent whilst pple wallow in piverty and dont even hav a cow for milk..vachirima nechibhakera…
    I thought charity begins at home??

  • Suppoter

    Mr President charity begins at home, Give them 3 and 297 to Zimbabweans who are in the blink of dying because of hunger. There is no drought in those people’s countries. They will laugh at you serious. You cant do that. Your children are dying but you have the guts to donate to children next door. Apa wanyanya mkuru

  • Tsotso

    Mungandipewo hangu basa rekufudza mombe idzi here kuAU ikoko? Ndoinonzi job creationka iyi in line with Zimasset.

  • nxa

    Iri ndiro rinonzi zugudo iri. Mombe totodzidawo muZimbabwe imomo

  • tafamutekwe

    The President will soon be a beneficiary of an extra 95 heard of cattle courtesy of ex-RBZ Governor Gono who promised the President cattle commensurate with his age number whenever he notches up an additional 21st. February birthday every year!

  • Cecil Roars

    Saka dzinoenda ku farm rani? Iwe mudhara ka, ukwane. Kuno diwa cash so just sell the cattle and give them cash.

  • Suppoter

    kikiki my comment deleted but truth remains people are hungry at home that wont go away

  • Tino

    Charity begins at home Mr president. why not feed folks in masvingo in this ravaging drought.

  • Max Kufakwejeyi

    Ah mahwani chaiwo. Mbuya Nehanda honaiwo.

  • CuriousCat

    It’s called diplomacy & international relations. Kana dai tine nzara mumba pakaita vaenzi tinovabikira huku iripo iyoyo. Was a great gesture in my view, hadzisiridzo dzanga dzichatipfumisa senyika. Honourable thing to do.

  • Tarubva

    Poor and hapless villagers are being squeezed to donate towards his birthday bash, while he donates to the AU! Why can’t he “donate” just a fraction of the number of those cattle towards his own birthday bash?

  • Cde

    “Mr President the people are suffering”

  • hezvo

    and we are not happy

  • Collin Mackenzie

    HE President Robert Mugabe

    Please I’m begging you from the bottom of my heart and sole please ask or tell the city fathers to clear up Robert Mugabe Way and put street lights.
    Every year on your birthday it should be a campaign to clean up the city’s streets

    It’s a shame that a street named after your name sake is a mess an Icon a true leader of Africa.

    Yet the streets don’t reflect all, that please im begging you.

    Please clean up these Icon streets and please donate paint for street markings.
    #cleanupZimbabwe.

  • Tom Toms

    ipai varikushaya ne kuda kwe el ninno iyo. How can you giving mwana wepa next iye wako aine nzara?

  • jacktheswede

    I am without words…I had to check my calendar, just in case it was April 1.

  • Eliphas

    Shame. Sorry maningi

  • Rawboy

    Donating mombes to the AU?
    Serious??
    Good grief!