Grace’s PhD must be revoked

Former First Lady Grace Mugabe created so many enemies for herself during former President Robert Mugabe’s reign, and we are likely to witness a lot of episodes on the public scene. If I were Grace, I would simply lie low till the dust has settled, but what she is doing to pay people to save her image is likely to portray a bad picture of herself and the former First Family. Honestly, how can one be rewarded a degree that she did not study for and by doing so this can reduce University of Zimbabwe’s standards.

By Tinashe Eric Muzamhindo

In my view, President Emmerson Mnangagwa should have demonstrated his ethics by allowing Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission to do its job by investigating the issue and allow the courts to put everything to finality. The truth of the matter is Grace did not study for a PhD and she was just awarded the degree on a silver platter. Why would someone simply get a degree because she is the first lady of the country, moreover, at the same time there have been so speculation surrounding this fake degree? For one to be awarded a PhD the process takes long and you go through many researches and publications, and in this case where are the researches that she has published proof that she has been on the ground except going for interface youth meetings insulting Mnangagwa and Team Lacoste?

The document has 43% plagiarism

It is very embarrassing and degrading to our modern ethics as a nation for the whole world to know that University of Zimbabwe (UZ) awarded the first lady of Zimbabwe with a PhD which had 43% of plagiarism. Honestly, how could Professor Levi Nyagura allow this to happen at a higher learning institution which is respected worldwide. I’ve been going through the document and it clearly shows that it has so many mistakes and the least you can easily detect is that it is seriously plagiarised. Normally, most of the universities they don’t allow more than 7% of plagiarism for one to graduate with a degree. It is supposed to be less than 7% and in this case the university senate must give an explanation why they arrived to such a conclusion. Someone must go to jail. As a matter of fact I suggest Nyagura must be sacked from UZ without benefits as a lesson to many other higher tertiary institutions that one cannot get away with anything without sweating for it.

What was her masters degree and where did she study for it?

There are so many questions surrounding this fake document which most people at UZ can easily confirm that indeed this is a fake degree. It is very unfair for some of us who are going through tough times to work for such a qualification. Where did Grace study for her master’s? Which institution? What is the name of the qualification which she was awarded? It is of public knowledge that she has been failing proficiency English test in England when she attempted to study for her first degree, then within a short space of time one would then find that she already has a PhD? One cannot jump from Ordinary Level to PhD and this must be well investigated and bring all culprits to book. Mnangagwa made it clear in Davos that Mugabe is the only person who enjoys his immunity from prosecution, and the rest should simply face the law.

Did Grace defend her Thesis?

What I know is after completing the proposal stage, your paper goes to the graduate committee or ethics committee for approval. From there you will then have to make some numerous publications and also research papers which you will present on academic platforms. After completing all those stages you also go on the ground and make surveys, mixed methods using quantitative and qualitative methods and then when you have completed you then defend your thesis according to your university calendars.

My question is where did Grace defend her thesis? Which room number? Who was there? Which class? Who were the panelists? Whom did she defend with? This shows clearly that this degree is fake and we call upon all relevant arms of law to arrest all the culprits and together with the former first lady should be brought to book for bringing the name of the institution into disrepute.

Why publishing the PhD online now?


When Grace was awarded this free degree on a silver platter there was so much public outcry of which, Mugabe and other key stakeholders ignored the claim because Grace enjoyed her immunity from anything. Despite numerous calls to have Nyagura fired, the PhD degree was not availed to anyone even the UZ senate never saw the document because they were working under instructions.

This clearly points out that Nyagura could be very corrupt and we call for his resignation from UZ with immediate effect.

Tinashe Eric Muzamhindo writes in his personal capacity as the Head of Southern Institute of Policy Analysis and Research — SIPAR TRUST, which is responsible for policy analysis and research. He is also an academic and researcher. He holds a BA, MA from Solusi University, and he also holds a Masters of Development Studies from University of Lusaka, Zambia. He is currently enrolled at University of KwaZulu Natal University in South Africa (PhD in Development
Studies).

21 Comments

  1. Comment…True, Nyagura must be fired but togather with Claude Mararike and uz council chairperson. Oppah, then minister of higher education defended the awarding of the fake PHD and stood down from her post as secretary of women in zpf hoping to replace Dr Joy Mujuru as VP must be charged with criminal abuse of office.

  2. Mai Bona knows she is not a PHD holder and has of herself said take it.

    It is as fake as they come.
    No Zimbabwean is above the law.
    RG is entitled to a retirement package not immunity.

    Mai Bona is not a holy cow!

  3. It reflects the extent to which the old man RGM and state institutions had been captured by an overbearing 2nd first lady who was so arrogant and ignorant that you would really wonder what kind of a PhD holder she was. Interestingly Jonso Moyo of all the people knew that this PhD was fake given his knowledge of the PhD process. But what did he do? He kept conviniently quite because he was feeding from the same trough with the first family and the G40 cabal. Now Jonso is making noise from outside Zim trying to play ‘holier than tho’. This is stinking hypocrisy of the highest order.

  4. Indeed the reputation of the UZ has been tainted and much will have to be done in terms of damage control.The first move towards this damage control is to revoke this fake PhD by DisGrace. I for one decided to do my Phd studies with a reputable South African university because of the bad image that the UZ has portrayed over the past two decades or so though all my qualifications up to Masters level are from the UZ. It used to be good under the late but great Prof Walter Kamba until ‘political fingers’ started meddling in the affairs of this once vibrant and internationally recognised university

  5. Also Chiwenga was awarded a Phd which some players say he did not do by himself. I understand he was failing basic military courses but all of a sudden he has a Phd when he doesn’t have a documented educational background- does he have O’levels, a degree ngiyabuza nje?

  6. Can they thoroughly investigate this is just a tip of an eyes bag? I also have reservations with KZN PhDs. Everyone is rushing there and some completed their studies in less than two years. UNISA, KZN and many others in SA are suspicious.I respect those with degrees from University of Cape Town, Wits, UJ, Stellenbosch, Rhodes, University of Pretoria, Fort Hare and North West. Even the products of these universities speak volume especially their competences.

    1. Where is yours from, Sqokoqela?

      “tip of an iceberg” NOT “eyes bag” this is not witchcraft!!

  7. @Sqokoqela…did you just type :eyes bag” ???? kkkkk

    1. hahaha…Truthsaid. #laughingfordays

  8. “White Head” should just resign before its too late. This issue will never die down, which I think that is what he is banking on. The noise will continue to grow until it reaches unsustainable decibels. “White Head” instead of getting out of the pit as waMagaisa said on Tweeter, he is actually digging it even deeper to the extend that he will not come out. If he is a good chess player, then he should see a lost game well before its a check mate.

  9. Everything in Zim is fake. Fake skin, fake hair, fake butt, fake immune system, fake degrees, fake schools etc. Fake fake fake.

  10. leave poor grace alone guys

  11. Comment…Immediately coming to mind are few african heroes of intellectual integrity, such as the late professor Kamba. He was surely going to voluntarily resign faced with such ‘official’ order. That was indeed very untidy patch of our national history, when the state political locomobile miraculously travelled driverless. Thanks to our ultimate heros.

  12. Yes TRUTHSAID “Eyes Bag” instead of “Ice Bag”, can you find the meaning of it in relation to fake PhD’s qualifications

  13. By publishing information based on suspicion, we are destroying the reputation of our country and universities internationally. Why not wait until we get all the facts? We need to learn to be patient.

  14. Why islu it that many african counries with with a lot of degreed people are the most corrupt and with their economies failing. Leave her alone. She was borne lucky. Her PHD counterparts are wallowing in poverty. She is a billioner. She wil never look for a job. We will keep on paying her on top of those billions until she dies. Let us entice her to invest the billions and create jobs for graduates instead of graduates to cry for foreign investors. Who said foreign investors have clean money. Your education is taking us nowhere.

  15. Kkk i thought it’s Ice berg

  16. eyes bag, kikkkk. when you are reading, it should make sense to you first. How does that skip ones mind i wonder. “eyes bag” in what world kikkk.

  17. Sqokoqela

    Surely isn’t it supposed to be an iceberg?

  18. Dear “Eyes Bag Sqokoqela”

    Surely isn’t it supposed to be an iceberg? I don’t have a degree, even a real, fake or imagined but I just can’t help but wonder. For interest’s sake, which university are you a product of?

  19. Quite correct the Vice Chancellor is not fit to hold that position , he has put UZ in disrepute with his scandalous and corrupt behavior. He just need to do the most honorable thing to resign failure to do so , he must be fired

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