It was a busy day at the Gweru showgrounds cattle pens when part of the 300 herd of cattle donated by President Mugabe to the AU went under the hammer in the presence of officials from the continental body.
Speaking to the ZBC News after the auction, AU Foundation chief operating officer Mr Dumisani Mngadi praised His Excellency President Mugabe for his donation which sets the tone for fellow African leaders to contribute towards the AU Fund.
Foreign Affairs Minister Cde Simbarashe Mbengegwi who was part of the delegation said the President will make a formal presentation of the money realised from the auction of the cattle at the next AU Summit in July.
Midlands Provincial Minister Cde Jason Machaya saluted the farmers who contributed to the President’s pledge saying their deeds testify an expression of their appreciation to President Mugabe’s land reform policy that has defined them as masters of their own destiny.
Coordinator of the programme Cde Jimaya Muduvuri expressed satisfaction with the way the programme is progressing.
President Mugabe during his reign as chairman of AU in 2015 stressed the importance of the continental body’s self-financing and pledged 300 cattle in an effort to ensure that AU create its own fund so that it can be self-sustaining.