Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe doesn’t want for much. The 93-year-old ruler can sleep through meetings if he wants; is able to travel to Singapore regularly for top-notch health treatment; and holds extravagant million-dollar birthday bashes attended by tens of thousands of people.
But the government of Zimbabwe has decided that even all this is not enough for Mugabe, a former freedom fighter who came to power in 1980 and hasn’t budged since. It has announced plans to set up the Robert Mugabe University.
Zimbabwe’s Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo announced earlier this week that plans were afoot to build the university to honor “an iconic leader who has distinguished himself in the area of education and has contributed immensely to education,” according to the state-run Chronicle newspaper.
The university would be established in partnership with the University of Zimbabwe, the country’s oldest university, but would be owned by the Robert Mugabe Foundation, which is itself yet to be set up, Moyo said.. The minister did not announce a budget for the project and did not respond to a request for comment from Newsweek.
Moyo said the university would likely focus on the technology and engineering sectors and would be a “smart university.” He added that given that other African leaders had had universities named after them—such as Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa and Moi University, named after former Kenyan leader Daniel arap Moi—Mugabe deserved the same honor. “We need a successful university in Zimbabwe as well, signifying our exceptional leader.”