Harare mayor snubs 'bogus' degree

HARARE - Harare Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni has turned down an honorary doctorate degree from a Dubai-based institute, arguing he would rather earn it through his own academic research.

He said the rate at which honorary degrees were being conferred on influential Zimbabweans was now worrying.

“I knew my turn would surely come,” he said in jest.

Manyenyeni said he was not aware of the little-known institution — Dubai Leadership Summit — which had sent him a letter asking him to travel to the United Arab Emirates to receive the doctorate. This comes as title-seeking Zimbabweans have been warned against acquiring educational qualifications from dubious local and international institutions, as they will not be recognised in the country.

Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo has said government will soon introduce a law to punish people receiving degrees from unaccredited institutions.

“Very soon it will be a criminal offence in Zimbabwe to offer, seek or receive a fake degree or to get one from an unaccredited organisation!” Moyo tweeted.

He said the proposed law would apply retrospectively, which means several high-ranking government officials, including ministers, could be in soup for possessing fake degrees.

Cabinet has since approved the white paper for the Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Bill, 2017.

Manyenyeni said he had been advised that he would “pay” to attend the conference, where the doctorate would be conferred.

“I spent the last few years laughing when people were receiving these dubious degrees, so I will not accept it now,” he said.

“An honorary degree is an honour when it’s coming out of a proper institution, it is earned out of service but these degrees are a mockery to Zimbabwe.”

Comments (4)

For once I fully support Prof Moyo for taking the initiative to stop this shopping nonsense of doctorates. I have stopped respecting any of the so called Dr is Zimbabwe because some do not even have an undergraduate degree, some even do not have A Levels!!!!! Back to basics my fellow country persons.. Even the most succesfull, richest, respected and pragmatic person on earth Mr Mr Microsoft, Bill Gates does not have a Dr or PHD that I know of. In Zim almost every minister and perm sec has these so called Doctorates...shame shame

gamuchirayi - 10 May 2017

Can you start with First lady Grace please? Thank you

Zuze - 10 May 2017

one (1) ari ega. thank you Mr Mayor for sounding the alarm. it high time Zimbabweans learn to say "NO" to these degrees of no significance

itso - 11 May 2017

I think we need to start publishing the thesis and research of these doctorates, otherwise some people will taint the coverted title - one even called for a goat currency, one says girls are more likely to fall pregnant than boys, another claims orphans are USUALLY children whose parents are dead, one speaks the most unprintable nonsense kkkkkk Until that is rectified, i will not further myself to a Doctorate. And thanks Mayor for not stooping so low. now I know Harare is in good, capable, logically sound and honest hands. dei dziri dzimwe shasha dzaitofamba kunotora nyadzi kuuya nayo mumusha medu nad kutoita mabiko okupemberera iwo matakananana akadero. Thanks too to Chamisa for refusing similar rubbish. imi maface eku MDC munenge musingadi manyongori nhai.......

Dr Disaster - 22 May 2017

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