Information, Media and Broadcasting Services minister Dr Christopher Mushohwe has said, “No Presidential Scholarship applicant should pay for consideration and all beneficiaries should report any culprits who solicit for bribes”.
In a statement yesterday, Dr Mushohwe , who is also Presidential Scholarship executive director, said scholarships were awarded to deserving applicants after serious consideration by a committee of senior Government officials.
“The awarding of scholarships is made to deserving applicants after serious consideration by a committee of senior Government officials put together for the purpose. No applicant is required to pay for the consideration in cash or kind whatsoever.”
Dr Mushohwe encouraged the public and all former applicants to report any solicitation for bribes by officials, to Office of the President and Cabinet.
“Government wishes to appeal to the public and or all former applicants to report any solicitation for bribes in cash or kind by any officials or members of the public as consideration for the awarding of scholarship funding or university place.”
Mawufu allegedly employed Paidamoyo Mwandiyambira, a receptionist at Masaisai Primary School in Westgate, Harare, and the Headmistress of Martin Luther King Junior School, Martha Chigama.
The two would then scout for potential students and the trio would share the earnings. The three appeared in court last week Friday and were released on $200 bail each.
The Presidential Scholarship programme is run by President Mugabe and administered by his Office and Cabinet to support financially challenged students who would have excelled in their Advanced Level examinations.
The programme is meant to benefit students enrolled for degree studies at various universities in South Africa.
While we were all wondering how people were getting presidential scholarships, it seems that there is a lot of graft in that scholarship system. It does not come as a shock that there was money to made here as students were looking for scholarships to study. What a shame that scholarships end up being awarded to those who are requested to pay bribes and can afford to. If a student can pay $1500 as a bribe, in my opinion, they are not needy and can afford a year of university in Zimbabwe. They are not deserving of the scholarship.