The commissioning of the CIC comes at a time when Government is looking to unveil as many information centres to expose the people in rural areas to information technologies.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
Speaking at the commissioning of the Chikato Community Information Centre President Mugabe said he wants children in schools to be computer literate.
“When computers became popular, we resolved that it would be good to equip our schools. But we faced a challenge because most schools were not electrified.
Added President Mugabe, “We don’t want to see any school with electricity not having any computers because we want our children to be computer literate. When these information centres were formulated, the idea was to help solve this issue of people travelling long distances just to get access to computers.”
Meanwhile,Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services Supa Mandiwanzira said they plan to commission 210 CICs.
““By end of 2017 we want to have a community information centre in every district. We are aiming to have at least 210 community centres. We will encourage young people who have programming skills to develop applications for our own use. We need to have our own social media platforms,” he said.
Minister Mandiwanzira noted that Min Shuvai Mahofa said about the information centre will make people think he is Super.
“I am not super Mr President but it’s you who is Super. We dont want people to need transport to get to the nearest information centre we want every constituency to have a community information centre,” he said.
At least 90 computers were donated to Masvingo province. These computers were handed to President Mugabe to donate to the Province. They were procured by the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe. – With additional reporting from The Herald