THE government is setting up an army boarding high school in the Ngezi area from which the Zimbabwe Defence Forces will draw recruits, the Zimbabwe Independent heard this week.
Top army sources said plans to construct the first army boarding school at Ngezi near Kadoma were at an advanced stage, with photographic surveys having already been submitted to the Surveyor General for scrutiny.
The school, which will enroll both boys and girls, will serve as a recruitment pool for the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA). Graduands from the school will join the ZNA either as general duty soldiers or officer cadets.
The acting director of Zimbabwe Army Education Corps, Major Colsen Gwezhira, confirmed that plans were under way to construct the school but referred further questions to Zimbabwe National Army Schools and Welfare Trust chairman, Dr Sikhanyiso Ndlovu.
It was however not possible to obtain comment from Ndlovu.
The Independent understands that the Zimbabwe Corps of Engineers is producing the architectural designs and the internal construction regiment will undertake construction of the school. The institution will be built on a 500-hectare piece of land that has been donated by the Kadoma municipality.
“The education that will be offered at the school will focus on inculcating discipline, patriotism, national pride and a comprehension of the country’s history,” said the source.
The Independent was told that Mugabe is the patron of the school, Defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi is the first trustee, retired Army General Vitalis Zvinavashe is the second trustee, and Army General Constantine Chiwenga is the president of the trust.
The boarding school will only enroll students who have attended one of the 12 primary schools that are currently being run by the ZNA through the directorate of Army Education.
The Independent understands that a fundraising committee headed by businessman Enock Kamushinda has been appealing for donations from the corporate world, friendly states and embassies to fund construction of the school.
The appeal is however understood to have met with serious donor fatigue. A number of companies, including banks and parastatals, have donated towards the fund. The Independent was told that there were contingency measures to finance construction of the school from the fiscus.