GZU lecturer collapses & dies defending PhD thesis

An unnamed police source confirmed to The Herald that Mr Ngonidzashe Makanyire (61) who was a History and Development Studies lecturer at Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) collapsed and died while presenting his PhD thesis at the Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) in Bulawayo.

Makanyire’s nephew Mr Peter Madzivanyika who had accompanied him to the PhD presentation also confirmed the incident. Narrating the incident Madzivanyika said:

He did not show any signs of distress before his death. We are shocked and we didn’t expect this. I had left him at the ZOU campus, at around 3:30pm. He later phoned saying ‘Ndiri kunzwa kuzarirwa mudumbu’ (I have a stomach problem) and I’m feeling dizzy.


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When Madzivanyika rushed to the ZOU campus Makanyire said it wasn’t serious and asked him to take his laptop and go. He however decided to wait for his uncle. While waiting an official from ZOU told him his uncle had collapsed. He rushed upstairs to the conference room and found Makanyire frothing and he died a few minutes later. Makanyire’s body was taken to United Bulawayo Hospitals for post-mortem.

More: Herald

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Great Zimbabwe University is one of the state-owned tertiary institutions in Zimbabwe. It is located in Masvingo Province and is administered by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education. Read More About Great Zimbabwe University

The Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) is one of the local state owned tertiary institutions of learning in Zimbabwe. It was awarded a university charter on the 6th of March 1999 and it thus became a fully fledged university. Read More About Zimbabwe Open University

Bulawayo is Zimbabwe's second largest city and it is 439km from the capital, Harare, 111 km from the Botswana border, and on the line of rail via Victoria Falls to Zambia and the copperbelt. Its location was the home of the last Matabele (Ndebele) king,... Read More About Bulawayo

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GZU lecturer collapses & dies defending PhD thesis