Mugabe donates $1m to AU to end donor dependency syndrome

Mugabe donates $1m to AU to end donor dependency syndrome

- Mr Mugabe hands $1m cheque to the AU at its leaders' summit in Ethiopia

- The donation follows an "expansion" of a 2015 pledge by Mr Mugabe to donate 300 cattle

President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe on Monday redeemed his promise to the continent at the African Union summit ongoing at Addis Ababa when he presented a cheque for $1 million to help end the “donor dependency syndrome”.

Mr Mugabe made the pledge of 300 cattle two years ago to the continental body.

Mugabe donates $1m to AU to end donor dependency syndrome

Mugabe, who was AU chairperson from 2015-2016, has often called for the body to be self-funded.

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Speaking at the summit, Mr Mugabe said it was a “modest contribution” and a “symbolic step” towards helping to end the “donor dependency syndrome” in Africa.

"When I returned to Zimbabwe and informed my party and people of this pledge, they said to me, 'Ah... Comrade Mugabe, Comrade President, this is a very innovative idea for a very noble cause and we would like to be part of it'," Mugabe said.

Meanwhile, Mugabe’s gesture has raised concerns since there is severe cash and food crisis in his country, Zimbabwe.

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Also, Zimbabwe's foreign minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi quoted as saying the kind gesture by Zimbabweans show "it is indeed possible for the continent to be self-reliant and not depend on foreign donors”.

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Mr Mugabe, during his term as AU chairman in 2015 and 2016, campaigned for the AU to be self-financed as about 60% of its budget came from foreign donors, the Herald reported.

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