Mbeki Masks Away GPA Conversation

Mbeki who was in Zimbabwe at the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara for a University of Zimbabwe fundraising dinner told journalists that he had not come to talk about the GPA but to help raise money for the  University of Zimbabwe.
“I am not here for that, I am here for the University,” Mbeki told reports in response to questions on his role in the GPA.
The MDC led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai often accused Mbeki of siding with President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party during the 2008 political negotiations.
Mbeki was in Harare to help Mutambara raise US$20 million to revive the University of Zimbabwe.
The University of Zimbabwe has been faced with a myriad of problems from budget cuts, water shortages, run down hostels and lecture rooms.
A committee of trustees with some of the university’s most notable alumni has been formed to lead a worldwide fundraising effort whose ultimate aim is to mobilise US$70 million for long term capital projects.
The trustees include Finance Minister Tendai Biti, Africa Sun CEO Shingi Mutasa, TN CEO Tawanda Nyambirai, Cyril Ruwende (Diaspora USA), Professor Rueben Simoyi (Diaspora USA), Alex Magaisa (Diaspora UK) and Brian Kagoro (Diaspora SA).
Several ex-University of Zimbabwe students attended the dinner which was going for $200 a head and $2000 a table.
Mutambara hoped to raise $10 million from the dinner but it was not immediately clear if he managed to reach the target.
The big spenders of the day were CBZ Bank which paid $200 000, TN bank owned by ex-UZ student Tawanda Nyambirai which paid $150 000, Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) contributed $ 100 000 while Mbada Diamonds pledged to take over the financing of the Metallurgy Department which has been moribund for many years and Phillip Chiyangwa, Mutumwa Mawere pledged to built a $ 1, 6 million chapel for the university.