Coltart Slams Inclusive Government Over Wrong priorities

June 25, 2012 at 7:57 am Leave a comment

Education, Sports, Arts and Culture Minister David
Coltart has attacked Zimbabwe’s ruling elite for squandering on foreign
travels what he says was three times more than his ministry’s 2012 budgetary

Coltart told guests at a United States Achievers Programme (USAP) graduation
ceremony in Harare on Friday, he was frustrated with the continued lack of
commitment by the country’s government to prioritise education.

“Our priorities are wrong. We are not valuing education sufficiently,”
Coltart said, “I have complained about this last year in the context of the
disproportionate amounts being spent on foreign travel in relation to
education and tragically it continues this year. We have spent three times
more on foreign travels than we have spent this year on non salary education

Coltart did not reveal how much this was.

The MDC-N senator for Bulawayo South lamented what he said was even the
international community’s propensity to spend more on defence as opposed to

Meanwhile, 22 Zimbabwean high school graduates have been awarded
scholarships to go and study in 10 top universities in the USA, courtesy of
the United States government.

The students were drawn from all over the country.

Speaking during the same ceremony, US ambassador to Zimbabwe Charles Ray
told the US bound Zimbabwean students to return home and develop their areas
with the education they would have acquired abroad.


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