Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has called for more innovative ways of funding African Union programmes.

He was speaking at the 29th ordinary session of the AU assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he handed over a one-million-dollar cheque to the continental body’s foundation.

The money was raised from the sale of his herd as well as those donated by Zimbabweans.

In June 2015, during dinner at a summit in Johannesburg, the AU foundation urged member states to contribute towards its purse.

Mugabe says, “I pledged 300 cattle from my herd. As an African farmer, a donation of cattle came as a motivation to me. When I informed my people they said it’s an innovative idea for a noble course. They organized more cattle over and above my contribution.”

Mugabe says it’s not going to be easy for the continent to win itself over from the donor syndrome.

“Together, let us build the continent brick by brick, stone by stone, until we realize the objectives of our agenda.”

– By Lehana Tsotetsi