Anti-Corruption Unit Probes Former First Lady’s ‘Deceitfully’ Acquired Phd

Grace Mugabe was conferred with a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in September 2014, two months after enrolling at University of Zimbabwe. Her thesis was only published last month, four years after she graduated. Now UZ’s Vice Chancellor and her academic supervisor have been questioned by the anti-corruption unit.

Traditional wisdom has it that there is no magic bullet for violating academic procedure. It seems that adage did not come to mind, however, in the awarding of a doctorate to former First Lady Grace Mugabe in 2014 by the University of Zimbabwe (UZ).

As the anti-corruption unit, Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) launches an investigation into the awarding of a Doctor of Philosophy Degree to Grace Mugabe, it has dawned on university authorities under probe a little late in the day that indeed, there is no magic bullet.

Amid protestations by various civic groups in the country and the UZ Sociology Department that Mugabe had flaunted procedure, the authorities were not moved. However, tables have turned as UZ Vice-Chancellor, Professor Levi Nyagura and Professor Claude Mararike, who is fingered as Mugabe’s academic supervisor, have been questioned by the anti-corruption unit.

Professor Nyagura stood in the dock at a Harare…

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