Mnangagwa warns on bogus degrees

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday warned against corruption and nepotism rampant at institutions of higher learning, which has seen the awarding of bogus degrees.


He called on perpetrators to be swiftly brought to book to restore the culture of awarding deserving students on merit.

His calls come against a backdrop of ongoing investigations by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission into the fishy awarding of a Doctor of Philosophy degree to former First Lady Grace Mugabe reportedly in a record three months.

Addressing delegates attending a meeting between the executive and university vice-chancellors, Mnangagwa underlined the pivotal role universities have to play in coming up with ideas for economic recovery.

He, however, emphasised that retrogressive corruption cases which have eroded academic merit must be dealt with swiftly.

“Higher learning institutions should shun and abhor corruption, nepotism and bribery. Deplorable corrupt and immoral tendencies that have seen undeserving students getting passes must stop,” Mnangagwa said.

He cautioned lecturers at universities who were manipulating students while abusing them at various levels for reciprocal favours.

Mnangagwa called on all perpetrators of the rife academic rot to be brought to book in order for Zimbabwe to preserve its known excellent academic legacy.

“Our students both male and female should not be subjected to abuse in whatever form for marks or higher grades. Learners must be free to report any cases of corruption without fear or favour. The perpetrators should be brought to book and it is upon us all, to ensure the integrity of our educational system remains intact.

“The values of honesty, transparency, accountability and high standards of professional ethics must be promoted at every level from the learners to the top administrators in our institutions,” Mnangagwa said.

Mnangagwa raised profound concern on the sexual abuse of underprivileged female students within institutions of higher learning, and called to order all ‘sugar daddies’ preying on innocent girls blaming them for spreading sexually transmitted diseases.

“Government remains concerned with the moral decadence and associated health risks to learners within our institutions and this situation cannot be allowed to continue unchecked. Real men do not prowl on university campuses and take advantage of young girl’s socio-economic backgrounds and abuse them,” he said.

The President implored institutions of higher learning to put more emphasis on innovation as well as tailor-make learning programmes to suit the demands of modern industry.

Mnangagwa said the country could no longer afford the luxury of training for the sake of training, but institutions of higher education should be technology incubation centres where innovation originates.

He exhorted universities to establish academic synergies with industry, commerce and other renowned international universities and centres of academic excellence to boost their capacity in research and technology development through academic co-operation.

“I, therefore, urge members of the academia, researchers, scientists, captains of industry and commerce to begin to engage to ensure that skills required by industry are the ones taught at our various colleges and universities,” Mnangagwa said.

“Our curriculum and course content should be continuously reviewed to meet industrial needs and expectations.

“We can no longer afford to train just for the sake of training. It is, therefore, my fervent hope that using the capabilities in various disciplines in all our learning institutions, we should be able to develop technical and managerial skills which speaks to the identified deficiencies in both private and public sectors of our economy.”

Mnangagwa said universities should not be satisfied with producing high literacy rates while producing students without the intellectual capacity to be productive and responsive to society’s needs for present and future generations.

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  1. Cecil Madondo of Tudor House consultants has a bogus Degree. Cecil Madondo flunked his CIS which he studied at Ranche House with flying colours. They is no way that his degree is genuine taking into considerations his failures at Merlin , Mbizi Motorways and David Whitehead. People who know Cecil Madondo can certify that he is stupid

  2. well said mr president

  3. KKK you know who has it then instruct Levi Nyagura to with it

  4. Well said but will the rot stop?

  5. an inquiry must be made to establish how Dr Amai’s PHD was awarded. If proved to be bogus, the Degree must be revoked to protect the reputation of UZ

  6. ko renyu president relaw makariwana kupi rachiwenga akariwana kupi?tangai muzanu imomo kuti makaawana kupi mumwe akunzi ndi doctor akaita medicine hama

    1. taura zvako mr president vakariwanepi re law irit

  7. Further to that Mr President, Why cant we have an independent Board to superintend over the affairs of HEXCO . Why do we have the same Principal training students and at the same time assessing their products. Why do Principals superintend over HEXCO as board members at the same time. tHE SAME principals vauraya system for self gain. even the people who come to externally assess HEXCO students and examinations mmmmn their professionalism and observations are thwarted by the so called Regional chairpersons in the name of pRINCIPALS. Tigadziireiwo zvinhu nyika inake. Ever since they started the so called decentralization of examinations, a lot has gone wrong in the system. I hope Professor Murwira will look into that issue seriously in order to ensure that credibility of the Board is maintained. Top posts at institutions are not awarded on merit but on how close you are to the Principal. ZACC pLEASE visit polytechnics and you will be shocked at what you will discover there. appointments for Posts of responsibilities is all about how much you are close to the Principal/who you know not your experience or commitment. some are busy lacing their colleges with durawall but the classrooms, toilets, offices etc are in a sorrowful state.

  8. the starting point is the adherence to the minimum entry requirements for one to study for a degree.honestly how can a student who has produced 6-7 points at A Level be deemed fit to study towards a degree e.g Accounting , finance Architecture etc.This is where we are getting it wrong.The thrust has to be quality over quantity because at this rate, firms will end up preferring graduates of professional courses eg ACCA CIS CIMA and the like.Universities such as MSU,CUT Bindura state, Catholic and AU to mention but a few ,have all been in the habit of enrolling none deserving students in the past, AS LONG AS THEY CAN AFFORD TO PAY FOR IT.Thumbs up to UZ and NUST though, they have continued to set high standards and their products are testimony to that fact.

  9. crime is crime the first lady and whoever arrange that degree should be arrested why is she still out there? Mnangagwa is corrupt itself he can’t stop it, it’s his heart bit the government money his stole it’s still chocking him he can’t stop corruption he is the Godfather of the ZANU MAFIA MOb ZIMBABWE government is being run by gangsters shame on you looters

  10. I can confirm that Madondo is stupid and a world record breaker. He failed with flying colours at CONTE shoes

  11. Madondo made history at Mbizi Motorways. Madondo could not buy fuel or spares. He seemed not to understand the companies act and was ignorant of business systems , he turned the systems upside down.

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