via Govt to act on UCE corruption | The Herald September 8, 2015
Government has said it will investigate and act on corruption claims levelled against some ministers, senior government and Zanu-PF officials in the enrolment of students at United College of Education (UCE). The Chronicle yesterday exposed alleged corruption at the Bulawayo institution where influential people are said to be forwarding names of students for enrolment at the expense of deserving students.
The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Professor Jonathan Moyo commenting on his Twitter account, said his office will look into the alleged corruption.
“UCE and Hillside are national colleges. Claims of corruption will be investigated and acted upon,” said Prof Moyo. His declaration set the social network platform abuzz with contributors demanding immediate action.Mkhululi Ndlovu said Government should ensure that locals are prioritised in enrolment at UCE and Hillside.
“While doing so Prof, please you must put a quota for locals as Matabeleland colleges are full of people from other regions,” said Ndlovu.
Rugare Musango expressed confidence that Prof Moyo could turn around the fortunes of the institution.
He, however, said corruption was too rampant in Government that it could stifle Prof Moyo’s efforts.
“One thing I know about the Prof (Moyo) is that he detests corruption,” said Musango.
Efforts to get a comment from UCE principal Mr Adam Luthuli failed yesterday.
Our Bulawayo Bureau called his office and the person who answered the phone declined to comment referring questions to the Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development ministry.
The person refused to identify himself. Government officials and Zanu-PF members are said to be pressuring the UCE officials into recruiting their preferred students.
Some of the officials are said to be extorting between $350 and $500 from students seeking to be enrolled.
Makokoba MP Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube said some of the corrupt figures include ministers and permanent secretaries.
He said UCE officials were not exposing the rot for fear of victimisation.