Zimbabwean minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Professor Amon Murwira says his nation is prepared to finalize a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with South Sudan’s Ministry of Higher Education, saying Zimbabwe is “very literate,” according to an interview obtained by the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA).
In the interview, the minister claims that Zimbabwe’s best leg is an education and that Harare is ready to export education to South Sudan. The minister explained during the interview that the agreement needs to be completed so that Zimbabwe should start generating “foreign currency through human capital exportation.” The minister also praised his country as “an educated nation.”
“We always say you kick with your best leg. If Zimbabwe’s best leg is education, it means our export should be education. Australia’s fourth largest export is education. In Zimbabwe, we pride ourselves of being very literate. We discovered that we have to up our skills, but we know that we are better off in this area. It must be seen through foreign currency inflows using education,” Dr. Amon declared.
Professor Amon indicated in the interview that the two governments would be finalizing the deal anytime this year.
“During innovation Africa, I had the privilege of meeting my counterpart, Minister of Higher Education from South Sudan in order to learn at which stage we were. But I then learned that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was not finalised. And we are going to finalise the MoU as we enter 2019,” he explained.
Duop Chak Wuol, one of prominent South Sudanese writers, government critic, and editor-in-chief of the South Sudan News Agency, was the first to criticize the news of exportation of unemployed Zimbabwean graduates to South Sudan on his Facebook’s page on Monday. In his post, Duop wonders why South Sudan’s government would be willing to hire more than 16,000 Zimbabwean unemployed graduates when there are too many unemployed South Sudanese graduates, declaring the government as “joke.”
“Zimbabwe is expected to export at least 16,000 unemployed graduates to South Sudan in 2019. I wonder where countless South Sudanese unemployed graduates will go. South Sudan under Salva Kiir has indisputably become a joke,” Duop wrote
When contacted by the SSNA to clarify if he is against human exportation to his home country, Duop responded by saying that he understands there are international treaties that allow nations to export people but insists on why the South Sudanese government be open to bringing in that many unemployed foreigners when there are too many unemployed graduates in the country.
“I am not against Zimbabwe wanting to export their people to South Sudan to work. We probably need their expertise as their minister asserted. However, the entire claim doesn’t make any logical sense for the fact that Salva Kiir’s government is struggling to employ its jobless citizens who are also graduates,” he explains, adding, “The people of South Sudan would like to know where Kiir will find salaries of these unemployed foreigners, especially when corruption is still rampant in all government departments.”
South Sudan’s government ministers and senior officials were in the past accused of secretly employing foreigners in their offices, prompting the public to accuse them of looting the nation’s wealth through foreigners.