Blessings Mashaya 10 December 2018
HARARE – Former Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo has
accused his successor Amon Murwira of misleading legislators by claiming
in Parliament last week that the Science, Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics (Stem) programme was abandoned because of rampant abuse of
Murwira told Members of Parliament in the National Assembly last week that
an audit of the Stem programme unearthed unbridled abuse of money which
was given to certain private schools.
“The money was being misused; it was used to pay private institutions and
because of that issue, we are saying that we continuously urge the
studying of science, technology, engineering and mathematics using other
means but not through giving scholarships to “A” Level students,” he
“We did a forensic audit and there was rampant abuse of funds. I am
answering in this fashion as a result of the findings of the forensic
“There are some people who are appearing before the courts in connection
with allegations of abusing funds. So, if the matter is before the courts
I cannot comment because it is sub judice.”
The Stem thrust was initiated by Moyo, who is now in exile.
It was introduced after the uptake of the science subjects at “A” Level
At its peak, 10 students who registered for Stem subjects in 2016 stood a
chance to win a trip of a lifetime to Microsoft and other Silicon Valley
Stem companies in the United States.
Moyo who introduced the programme has come out guns blazing saying Murwira
“… Murirwa shamelessly told shameful lies in Parliament yesterday Re:
the A-Level Stem Scholarship Initiative launched in 2016 as a 10-year
government programme with Cabinet approval. Murirwa’s claim that `a
forensic audit unearthed rampant corruption’ is a wicked political lie,”
“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 said.
The exiled politician also took a dig at Murwira, saying the Higher
Education minister was trying to “compensate for his ineptitude by telling
apocryphal stories about the A-Level Stem Scholarships. His mendacity is
crazy. Enough is enough!”
Moyo said 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!” he
said, arguing it is mandatory for higher education to plan for this.
“To say the `mandate’ of Higher Education doesn’t cover “A”Level
students is false. Mnangagwa said so in vain in 2016. So there is 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!” he