Minister of Finance Mthuli Ncube announced yesterday during the 2020 Budget presentation that Zimbabwe will be channeling resources towards the launch of the country’s very own satellite.
He said the government is seeking to innovate and develop new products.
“Research and development is critical for Zimbabwe’s social-economic transformation and competitiveness of the economy,”
“Research and Development Programmes will be supported by both Government and private sectors as the country seeks to innovate in developing new products and services and also advance the value addition strategy,”
“The Budget has set aside resources for the Research and Development programme including the launch of the space satellite,” he said
These remarks have attracted a lot of skepticism over social media as citizens believe the government has failed to cater for basic needs such as the current fuel shortages and electricity outages affecting millions of people and large numbers of industries in Zimbabwe.
Currently, people are failing to access necessities such as clean water, and it is estimated that a total of 5,3 million Zimbabweans will need food aid as a result of erratic rains and economic challenges.
On the other hand, the government has failed to restore the disruption of service delivery in hospitals by providing adequate salaries for doctors and nurses.