Nyagura arrested over Grace Mugabe PhD

THE furore over former First Lady Grace Mugabe’s PhD degree awarded by the University of Zimbabwe in 2014 has claimed its first scalp after the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission arrested the institution of higher learning’s vice-chancellor, Levi Nyagura.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

Nyagura was picked up late yesterday by Zacc officials and will appear in court today.

“We picked him up and took him into custody, where he will stay overnight. He will appear in court tomorrow (today) on charges of abuse of office,” Zacc spokesperson, Phylis Chikundura said.

Nyagura and another lecturer and former Sociology Department chairman, Claude Mararike, who reportedly was Grace’s supervisor, have been under investigation over how the degree was awarded.

The investigation was triggered by a complaint by 15 lecturers from the department, who claimed they never saw Grace’s study transcripts, progress reports or thesis. Grace was awarded the “earned” degree when her husband former President Robert Mugabe was also chancellor of all State universities.

UZ only published Grace’s thesis four years after she graduated against international best practices, but it showed material attributed to years after the degree was conferred.

In a petition to Zacc, the UZ Sociology Department described the awarding of the degree as “very suspicious”.

Interestingly, other candidates, including former Vice-President Joice Mujuru, who graduated on the same day with her, have all made their theses publicly available. Mugabe’s wife graduated with a Doctorate in Philosophy from the Faculty of Social Studies in September 2014.

Grace was among 3 274 graduands who were capped by Mugabe.

In the petition to Zacc, the UZ Sociology Department called for the immediate revocation, nullification and withdrawal of Grace’s doctorate by the university, a full investigation by the authorities into the abuse of office, corruption and other maladministration practices they say undermined the institution’s integrity and progress, adding “this seems only a tip of the iceberg”.

Nyagura reacted by accusing the lecturers of lacking the requisite qualifications to have monitored Grace’s progress during her “studies”.

The fuming academics, however, demanded a formal investigation to determine whether Grace’s degree and other administrative practices do not violate Chapter 9, sections 194, 196-198 of the Constitution in relation to the governing of the UZ as a public institution.

22 Comments

  1. GET RID OF ZANU CONSTITUTION (COMMUNIST)
    SOMEONE TELL MNANAGWA

  2. You are off topic @Simba.The issue here is about corruption and abuse of public office in higher education!

  3. Sad that a once respected university has lost credibility in the eyes of the people.

  4. This is very good. Those lecturers who stood up are heroes! We need more people with knowledge of Mugabe’s corruption to come forward. Pasi nehuwori!

  5. Nyagura’s claims seem only evasive & reactionary;I think the lecturers are correct;bec there must have bn a record somewhere within the university;especially with the relevant department on how the whole thing progressed.That shld hav bn traced within their filing system & some of professors who helped supervise the process, other than Mararike; shld now come forward to witness to the Phd’s issuance bec it could not b an only two men process

  6. Kuwiriranakwakanakakugarakunzwanana Garanewakohamandishe

    Vehamawe, kuti mudzidzi apiwe PhD anenge aitaseyi? Mudzidzi pachikoro chepamusoro soro anogona kungotanga nekungopiwa PhD here? Ini hama yenyu ndakagumira G7 nekushairwa mari. Munongozivawo kare maSekendari aya angoti tekesve nenyika aiva mashomana. MaMishoni ndiwo
    akanga akawanda, ayo aisakwaniskwa nevazhinji. Chokwadi, nditsanangurireiwo ndizive hama dzangu

  7. very easy to divert attention yevanhu from real issues. the economy is screaming and we are busy talking about Gire’s PHD. TALK OF MAJORING ON THE MINOR

    1. Shininy Shenanigans

      Aikazve Chimambara, the Zodwa PHD scandal is not a minor issue-the credibility of one of the biggest and highest national academic institutions is at stake here.

  8. The others were Chombo, Jonso and Bob himself. So, they were five men there.

  9. ngaeende akandidzingisa basa ndisina mhosva,what goes around come around, its now yr tur, waifunga apana chinokub

  10. arrest all these sons of b!tches !!

  11. @simba wake up, it seems you your the type of person who was able to buy econet bundles in a while, too bad uristupid

  12. Kuwiriranakwakanakakugarakunzwanana Garanewakohamandishe

    Comment…Ndipindureiwo vehamawe.

  13. Arrest Arrest Arrest….then what…will that bring us jobs…no investors up to now..its jus..investors this investors that…nothing on the ground..haaa regai timbo one….

  14. nxaaaaaaaaaa so no more arrests for big fish only the ones will face the wrath of the so called Zimbabwean law hate this gvt

  15. nxaaaaaaaaaa so no more arrests for big fish only the small ones will face the wrath of the so called Zimbabwean law hate this gvt

  16. At the same time we concurrently stop corruption and develop our beloved zimbabwe. At the moment we want to see total change. We want investors and jobs as youth. All the G40 people like Nyagura must be in prison. Grace proved to us all that she was given the Doctorate. In shona we say Rinamanyanga hariputirwe. This is exactly what happened during her interface rallies.

  17. @#kutonga kwaro…THIS IS VERY GOOD IM HAPPY CZ IT WAS PAINFUL TO ME SEEING THAT RABID DOG BEING CALLED DR GUCCI GRACE BY SYCOPHANTS.NO PHD HOLDER CAN GO ON MAKING RAVINGS OF A CERTIFIED LUNATIC ON PUBLIC GATHERINGS.ARREST ALL THOSE WHO WERE PERSONS OF AUTHORITY IN EVERY GVT INSTITUTION WHO PRESIDED OVER,AUGMENT AND WERE INVOLVED IN EVERY CORRUPT DEED NT 4GETING CHIHURI THAT TYRANICAL POLICE OFFICER.EVEN IF IT LOOKS LIKE ONLY THOSE WHO WERE AGAINST LACOSTE ARE TARGETED I DNT HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT CZ IT IS THE G40 CABAL WHO DROWNED THIS NATION BY THEIR GREEDINESS,HEARTLESSNESS AND CORRUPTION.SWEEP ALL ZAAC.

  18. Levi was not the the chancellor, leave him alone, go for the chancellor himself.A hyena is a coward, it will never attach the elephant, it will rather go for the young one, so dont be coward guys, go for the elephant himself, hes the one who capped her.

  19. Yeah the only problem which Levi did was to defend the thesis of Grace bt to be frank enough guys there was nothing he could do to deny this so powerful first family by then, to achieve that PHD, don’t forget that Gucci was forced to marry Mugabe while she was married to a soldier.

  20. True there is noway he would not agree to give grace the degree because this first family were killers very corrupt and dangerous i think grace ngaasungwee chete must recieve charges against corruption

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