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Zimbabwe court issues warrant to deepen Grace Mugabe PhD probe

According to the newspaper, the warrant which was issued by magistrate Elisha Singango in Zimbabwe’s capital city, Harare, empowers ZACC “to search and seize all documents relevant to its investigations on whether or not University of Zimbabwe (UZ) Vice Chancellor Professor Levi Nyagura corruptly awarded former First Lady Grace Ntombizodwa Mugabe a doctoral degree.”

Former Zimbabwe First Lady Grace Mugabe

The warrant compels the university to provide Mrs Mugabe’s pre-registration form, research proposal to the relevant U.Z department, minutes of the departmental board assigning a supervisor to the former first lady, academic certificates of her supervisor, minutes detailing academic committee meetings on the doctoral degree and U.Z recommendations to the University Council on conferment of the degree to Mrs Mugabe.

The university is also expected to provide copies of progress reports on the Post Graduate Center focusing on the doctorate and general academic regulations on the conferment of PhDs in the Department of Sociology at the University of Zimbabwe.

Singango issued a similar warrant early this year which was quashed by the High court. VOA was unable to get a comment from ZACC, Nyagura and Mrs Mugabe. Nyagura, who was arrested over the issue, is currently on bail.

Lawyers of the University of Zimbabwe claim that the search warrant is invalid, arguing that some of the demands are in violation of the higher education institute's ordinances.

Allegations against Professor Nyagura are that he unlawfully recommended the conferment of a Doctor of Philosophy Degree to Mrs Mugabe without the approval of the University Council and the Senate Committee. The alleged crime is criminal abuse of office.

Ten UZ lecturers from the Sociology Department wrote a letter to protest to ZACC and Professor Nyagura demanding that Mrs Mugabe’s degree be revoked.

But Nyagura, in an interview with the Herald, dismissed the lecturers' claim saying they were “ignorant Messrs and doctors” with no academic capacity to supervise a PhD student.

Higher Education minister Professor Amon Murwira recently told parliament that Professor Nyagura is still reporting for duty as he has not yet been fired by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who appoints university vice chancellors.

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+1 #1 WADADA rogers 2018-03-10 09:57
This Grace Mugabe lady is not a joking subject, she can do anything to remain relevant, soon we shall hear that she has divorced Robert to marry the new President, to her stay house is home.

I dont actually think that she needs the Phd that is ruining her already ruined name. I dont think there is any one who can employ her.
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+1 #2 gwok 2018-03-10 23:05
Quoting WADADA rogers:
This Grace Mugabe lady is not a joking subject, she can do anything to remain relevant, soon we shall hear that she has divorced Robert to marry the new President, to her stay house is home.

I dont actually think that she needs the Phd that is ruining her already ruined name. I dont think there is any one who can employ her.


You are right. When a woman is numbered as the "1st", euhemistically read that as having a lot of power tansmitted t her. Ask the Zims how.
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