Grace Mugabe PhD saga deepens

HARARE - First Lady Grace Mugabe’s PhD thesis is mysteriously missing on the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) website.

While Vice President Joice Mujuru’s thesis, who graduated along with the first lady with a doctorate, is available on the UZ website, a search for Grace’s thesis yesterday yielded nothing.

Grace’s controversial doctorate from the flagship University of Zimbabwe is in sociology and she studied the case of children’s homes in Zimbabwe, a subject that comes as no surprise, since she runs an orphanage in Mazowe, north of Harare.

UZ vice chancellor, Levy Nyagura was not answering calls and did not respond to questions sent to him via SMS for the past two days by the Daily News.

Academics at UZ have reportedly questioned Grace’s doctorate amid indications that they want to launch a major protest with the university authorities questioning how the first lady broke all world records to earn the degree.

They fear that Grace’s controversial doctorate could lower standards at the once highly acclaimed UZ.

Fresh from being awarded the doctorate degree, albeit under controversial circumstances, Grace had yet another feather added to her cap, after she was named the philanthropist person of the year by the Philanthropy Institute of Zimbabwe.

Enrico Sibanda, the chief facilitator of the Philanthropy Institute of Zimbabwe, said Grace was a deserving candidate because of her works in Mazowe, where she takes care of orphans.

“We are not politicians but philanthropists and our assessment is based on what one is doing in the communities regardless of political affiliation,” Sibanda said.

“In this instance, we are acknowledging the work she is doing in Mazowe.

“She is also using her position as the first lady to look after the disabled at Danhiko.”

Police commissioner general Augustine Chihuri also issued congratulatory messages after the first lady’s surprise academic achievement.

Chihuri and his wife Isabel claimed Mugabe’s wife was an inspiration to Zimbabweans.

“It is pleasing to note that notwithstanding Amai’s tight schedule in philanthropic work which saw her establishing a successful children’s home in Mazowe and a state-of-the-art school at the same institution, she managed to spare her precious time to pursue academic work,” gushed Chihuri.

The commissioner general’s wife, who leads the ZRP Kuyedza Women’s club, said Grace was blessed by God with an academic honour because of her commitment to championing the cause of women and the marginalised.

“You are not only an inspiration to women alone but the generality of Zimbabweans,” she said.

“May you therefore continue to scale dizzy heights and enthuse others to follow this great feat.”

Turning to Mujuru, Chihuri said she was a liberation icon and a distinguished patriotic cadre whose contribution to the liberation war will forever be cherished.

 

Comments (26)

Inspired by disGrace? Not me, I have no respect for that brainless thief and adulterer. I earned my PhD the hard way, through long nights of reading, researching and writing not this hand out from Nyagura. They have destroyed everything, now they are destroying the flagship of higher learning not only through lack of funding but by dishing out PhD's to people who do not even have five O-Levels.

Bingo Wokwa Gutu - 21 September 2014

As a graduate of the UZ, I am terribly ashamed now to hold a degree from that institution if authorities there treat it like a primary school. The UZ is not some kind of rapid results college where you can go in there and walk out with a PhD in two months. Such behaviour lowers the standing of the UZ and makes us former students ashamed to have attended that university.

Chenjerai Hove - 21 September 2014

CONGRATULATIONS MUMMY.

LEO ZIMONDI - 21 September 2014

"Chihuri and his wife Isabel claimed Mugabe's wife was an inspiration to Zimbabweans" sure she is an inspiration kicking out orphans from the orphanage in the land that she now owns

DG - 21 September 2014

The SABC COO. The SABC board chair and Paulo Jordaan should droll at UZ

Togarasei Mabhunu - 21 September 2014

Hlaudi Motsoaneng, Paulo Jordaan and Ellen Tshabalala should enrol at UZ before 1 October and they will be doctors by Christmas.

Mabhunu Apera - 21 September 2014

Hlaudi Motsoaneng, Paulo Jordaan and Ellen Tshabalala should enrol at UZ before 1 October and they will be doctors by Christmas.

Mabhunu Apera - 21 September 2014

UZ degrees are now the Dzingai Mutumbuka issued certificates in Mozambique during the war. Where on this planet will that PhD be accepted. Very soon its Chatunga awarded a Mastes, then it will be Robert jnr. Sic

Ziziharinanyanga - 21 September 2014

Neither the UZ nor First family owe anyone an explanation over. Universities have a laid down procedure in enrolling doctoral candidates, with no way of smuggling in anyone. Why are these academics from UZ commenting anonymously to the Press? Surely, anyone worth their mantle would have nothing to hide, even where his or her views run contrary to institutional ones.

Tony - 22 September 2014

Grateful that my degree certificate bears the name University of Rhodesia. You made Zimbabwe ruins

rudolph - 22 September 2014

Shame on you Nyagura. You and Lazarus Dokora are birds of a feather. The one is trying to take primary & secondary education back to the stone age while you are trying to reduce the UZ to some backyard rapid results college whose ''certificates'' no one beyond zanu will recognize. My only regret is having earned my undergrad. with UZ otherwise i laud myself for avoiding it for my postgrad. Mr Nyagura, why are you people so desperate to destroy everything good in this land? An internationally recognised education system is the one thing you could have just left us after destroying everything else in the country.

Bismark - 22 September 2014

Shame on you Nyagura. You and Lazarus Dokora are birds of a feather. The one is trying to take primary & secondary education back to the stone age while you are trying to reduce the UZ to some backyard rapid results college whose ''certificates'' no one beyond zanu will recognize. My only regret is having earned my undergrad. with UZ otherwise i laud myself for avoiding it for my postgrad. Mr Nyagura, why are you people so desperate to destroy everything good in this land? An internationally recognised education system is the one thing you could have just left us after destroying everything else in the country.

Bismark - 22 September 2014

I have tried over the years to convince a multitude of people that anything that begins with "Z" is cursed. Zimbabwe, ZBC UZ,ZRP,ZPS ZDF,Zim Railways, Zugabe the list is endless

rudolph - 22 September 2014

Anyone would be forgiven for thinking ZANU PF is on a warpath trying to destroy anything of merit and with value in this country. They have reduced farms to waste lands, all the means of production in the factories is now almost extinct, our currency which was once very powerful is no more, our standards of living are at an all time low, the justice system is compromised, the pride we had as Zimbabweans has been eroded and now they are onto the education system. They started by not paying teachers enough to lower their morale and thereby lowering grades, then they tried to get rid of Cambridge examinations to replace them with a dubious porous ZIMSEC, now they're appeasing the great leader by awarding his young wife with the highest academic qualification on the land.

Dr Know - 22 September 2014

i am glad that i chose to do my first degree with a South African institution and shun this university called UZ. i have been having sleepless nights in trying to decide whether to do my postgrad locally or to continue with a university outside of zim. now i have the solution: i do not want to be associated with people who dish out PhDs to caregivers simply because they are running state-of-the-art orphanges.

haya - 22 September 2014

she is a degrees thief, not an inspiration to any sober soul. maybe for the blood thirsty zanoids!

Pidigudhi - 22 September 2014

I searched the repository, neither could I find Grace's paper nor Runaida (Joice)'s. I don't know where Fungai saw the one for the VP

open eye - 22 September 2014

murimbwa mese, ini ndakapedza phd yangu in 1 years, hazvishamise izvi.

MABHUNU NGAA MAME - 22 September 2014

mabhunu uri duzvi wofuti iwe. 1 years?

komred svada - 22 September 2014

The next one to surprise us in the next graduation will be Joseph Chinotimba who is ear marked for a PhD in Education

John Dube - 28 September 2014

The guy who writes"murimbwa mese, ini ndakapedza phd yangu in 1 years, hazvishamise izvi." does not sound like academic material. he is equally a DISGRACE. Shame on him to display such stupidity in the media.

John Dube - 28 September 2014

Many apparent leaders are in fact psychopaths; it's likely that Mugabe falls into this class. He seems only interested in personal aggrandizement, treating those around him and indeed the whole of Zimbabwe as the means of achievement. The name Mugabe living on as President in the form of his wife is a small part of his total self delusion. Africa and the west look forward to his demise and recognise that even though Grace may be named as his successor, her incompetence will soon lead to her downfall. Only then can Zimbabwe have a hope of starting the long haul back to democracy and prosperity.

Stephen John - 29 September 2014

Can anybody confirm the rumour that there is a sign above all toilet roll holders at UZ stating "Doctorates - Please take one"?

Rob - 1 October 2014

Rudolf - You forgot "Zero", which is what Zimbabwe is now reduced to.

Rob - 1 October 2014

Anything is possible in Africa where in almost everywhere, might is right.

Ola - 18 November 2014

Grace is far less guilty than vice chancellors in Indian Universities whose entire Ph D thesis is plagiarized as per the Report from the soft ware Turn-it-In.

Bahu Virupaksha - 13 December 2014

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