Computers donated to schools in Zimbabwe ‘Dead’

President Mugabe's Information and Communication Technology(ICT) drive in Zimbabwe suffered a major setback after reports that most of the computers that he donated to schools in the run up to 2005 parliamentary elections are dead.

Reports from Chiredzi Government High indicate that almost all Mugabe computers are down. This sparked furore from parents in the remote south-eastern town after they were forced to pay extra computer tutorial fees. School authorities declined to comment although they could neither deny nor confirm the reports. Their reservations are largely out of fear of victimisation by a war veterans thug group led by one Mutemachani. It is reported that the Mutemachani-led group has caused mayhem in the high density of Tshovani town ship in Chiredzi. President Mugabe hit headlines last year after he embarked on a nationwide crusade of donating computers even at schools without electricity and skilled manpower.