Zimbabwe’s cash-strapped government plans to spend $1bn on building a university to honour President Robert Mugabe, 93.
Construction would cost $800m, with $200m for an “endowment fund for research and innovation,” Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo said at a press conference, AFP news agency reports.
“There can be no better recognition of President Mugabe’s commitment to education and his exemplary leadership,” Mr Moyo added.
The cabinet approved the $1bn grant for the Robert Gabriel Mugabe University, the state-owned Herald newspaper reported.
Mr Moyo has tweeted a statement, which says that Mr Mugabe and his wife Grace will be trustees of the university:
Mr Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980, and has been campaigning for re-election next year.
The opposition accuses him of being one of Africa’s most repressive rulers, but his supporters say he is a revolutionary fighting to improve the lives of black people.