University of Zimbabwe (UZ) Vice Chancellor Professor Levi Nyagura has criticised lecturers in the Department of Sociology for challenging the awarding of a doctorate to former first lady Grace Mugabe.
In an interview with The Herald yesterday, Nyagura responded to demands by 10 lecturers for UZ to revoke Mrs Mugabe’s PhD and said PhD students were supervised by the post-graduate centre and not a teaching department. Said Nyagura:
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There is no way that they could have supervised the candidate because a doctorate is not done by a teaching department. It is done by a post-graduate centre.
He dismissed allegations that the thesis was not in the library until this year. Prof Nyagura claimed the thesis was deposited at the university library in 2014. He said Mrs Mugabe’s thesis was supervised by two professors, who also supervised former Vice President Joice Mujuru. In relation to Professor Mararike’s appointment, Nyagura said the position required a candidate with traceable academic credentials, which the whole department lacked. Said Nyagura:
Whoever is challenging the appointment of Professor Mararike is ignorant of the University’s ordinance laws, which is why maybe they are not Professors. The laws say ‘may’ consult not ‘must’ consult.
He said the university was ready to defend its position should the lecturers consider taking a legal route. Earlier in the year, 10 lecturers from the department of sociology petitioned Nyagura to revoke and nullify Grace Mugabe’s doctorate arguing that it was awarded unprocedurally.
Levi Martin Nyagura is a Zimbabwean academic and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe (UZ). In February 2018, Nyagura was arrested by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) and charged with recommending "the conferring of a doctor of philosophy degree to Grace Marufu Mugabe... Read More About Levi Nyagura
Grace Ntombizodwa Mugabe (nee Marufu) is a Zimbabwean politician, business person and was the wife of late Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. She is also a former member of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) political party. She was the Secretary of the Zanu-PF Women's... Read More About Grace Mugabe
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