The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Sheikh Hails Amai Mugabe's Work

Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi has hailed the work being done by the First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe at the Grace Mugabe Children's Home in Mazowe. Sheikh Saud, who is in the country on a four-day State visit, today also visited the National Heroes Acre, the Alpha Omega Dairy farm in Mazowe and Boka Auction Floors.

He was accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister Dr Joseph Made.

Sheikh Saud said there were plenty of business opportunities in Zimbabwe which his country was considering pursuing.

"I am very impressed by what I saw. I saw the care she (Amai Mugabe) is giving to the little children she has adopted.

"I saw they are always smiling," he said.

Sheikh Saud said the Alpha Omega Dairy was a world class dairy adding that Zimbabwe had great potential to do better.

Amai Mugabe said she was planning to build a hospital at the Children's Home if she got enough resources.

"I do not like to call this Children's Home an Orphanage. The intention is to bring children who are disadvantaged and those who have been abandoned by their mothers for them to have a place to call home.

"Funds permitting we want to have a hospital," she said.

Amai Mugabe said in the long run she wanted to build a university in Mazowe as part of the project.

She said it was difficult to develop the Mazowe project as it relied mostly on donations.

"We have a primary school here and it is not only for our children here. We will also accommodate children from outside but they will have to pay. This will enable us to run and sustain our operations including provision of food, clothing and paying teachers.

"We plan to have a university in the same area. The governor has given us some more land for our project," she said.

Amai Mugabe said human beings were equal and it was bad to ill-treat orphans. At Boka Auction Floors, chairperson of the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board Mrs Monica Chinamasa said Zimbabwe had great potential especially in the agricultural sector.

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