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HARARE, Feb 10– At least 180 students from South Sudan are expected to arrive in Zimbabwe this week to take up scholarships at various local institutions of higher learning, says South Sudan’s ambassador to Zimbabwe, Gabriel Riak.

He told New Ziana here Monday that the Zimbabwe government offered 200 students scholarships to study for diplomas, Bachelors and Masters degrees as well as Doctorates in various disciplines. “The first batch of 180 will be arriving on 12 February, that is three days from now,” he added.

Riak said the second batch of 20 students would be following later, noting that the 200 students would greatly increase the population of South Sudan nationals living in Zimbabwe which at the moment is very small.

The Zimbabwe government extended the scholarships as part of a programme to assist the newly independent country to build institutional capacity.

This followed a visit by officials from the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education to South Sudan to explore areas that Zimbabwe could assist to develop the human resource base of that country as it sought to build its capacity.

Zimbabwe and South Sudan enjoy very strong relations dating back to the days when Juba was fighting to break away from the mainly Muslim North.

Current South Sudan Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Barnaby Benjamin served as the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement to Southern Africa based in Harare for more than ten years.

The Christian-dominated South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011 following a referendum in which more than 90 per cent voted to break away. However, the country has not been able to develop as it plunged into civil strife in December 2013 when former Vice President Reik Macar refused to be relieved of his duties and mobilized forces to fight the government of President Silvar Kiir.

SOURCE: NEW ZIANA

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