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Jonathan Moyo up in arms about STEM lies

by Mandla Ndlovu
06 Dec 2018 at 10:25hrs | Views
Former Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Professor Jonathan Moyo has blasted  his successor Professor Amos Murirwa accussing him of lying to parliament when responding to STEM questions on Wednesday.

Murirwa told MPs that they have scrapped STEM scholarships for A Level students  because of rampant corruption that was unearthed by auditors.

"Amos Murirwa shamelessly told shameful lies in Parliament yesterday about the A-Level STEM Scholarship Initiative launched in 2016 as a 10 year Govt programme with Cabinet approval. Murirwa's claim that 'a forensic audit unearthed rampant corruption' is a wicked political lie." Fumed the exiled Moyo.
"If a forensic audit unearthed 'rampant corruption', which is false, that still would not be a reason for scrapping the programme. Even idiots know that you don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. MPs must demand to see the forensic audit of the A-Level STEM Scholarships."

Moyo is accused of benefitting from close to US$270 000 which was corruptly syphoned out of Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef) by his former ministry and fund officials.

"To say the 'mandate' of Higher Education doesn't cover A-Level students is false. Mnangagwa said so in vain in 2016. So there's no need for rocket science to see why the A-Level STEM Scholarships Initiative has been scrapped. It's satanic to use lies to justify the scrapping.

"Pupils do A-Level for varsity entry. It's mandatory for Higher Education to plan for this. Before STEM scholarships, less than 2,500 A-Level pupils per year did STEM and the majority went to foreign varsities. STEM scholarships addressed this to grow a pool for local varsities."

Moyo accused Murirwa of being an underachiever and tribal appointee.

"As a well known underachiever and a tribal appointee Murirwa, who has been pilfering programs we started before the coup, thinks he can compensate for his ineptitude by telling apocryphal stories about the A-Level STEM Scholarships. His mendacity is crazy. Enough is enough."

Source - Byo24News