Pledges for whizz kid

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There has been an overwhelming response to the plight of the 14-year-old whizz kid who has broken academic records in Zimbabwe by scoring 12 points at A Level a rare feat for a girl who normally should be in Form Two.

Maud Chifamba, who lives in poverty in the small farming town of Chegutu, is seeking sponsorship for university education. Several individuals and companies have since offered to assist the young girl.

Maud is an orphan and her brother Benjamin Chifamba is a vendor who looks after her, his wife and four children. He told NewsDay his sister had been offered a place at the University of Zimbabwe.

She chose a Bachelor of Accountancy Honours degree, Benjamin said.

He said he had been receiving calls from different companies, among which were Zimra and Leabridge Technologies, and individuals who were keen to assist Maud.

Zimra head of corporate communication Canisio Mudzimu said: Her story is similar to the Zimra story in that the organisation only turned 11 this year but has so far managed to perform beyond expectations in so far as sustaining the nation is concerned.

A Leabridge Technologies representative said: Leabridge is a company that has come from humble beginnings and is thus committed to the community it serves that has brought it from its grassroots.

It is known that a miner should be responsible for the land above and the master of a goose that lays golden eggs should feed that goose well for it to continue laying those eggs.

Maud has shown us the golden eggs she can produce and Zimbabweans, and Leabridge in particular, should take this opportunity to equip her well with all necessary resources as she forms part of our future golden eggs.