The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education has filed a complaint against the Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission (ZACC) with the Attorney General Prince Machaya. The ministry is alleging that it never made a complaint in the case in which University of Zimbabwe (UZ) vice-chancellor Levi Nyagura is being accused of abuse of office for awarding former first lady Grace Mugabe a doctorate degree in 2014 in controversial circumstances. ZACC has cited the ministry as the complainant, something which the ministry is arguing against.
Part of the letter written to Attorney General Prince Machaya reads,
The ministry would like to register its complaint against Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC). The basis of the complaint is that we note from court papers that ZACC has been citing the permanent secretary as the complainant in cases involving UZ vice-chancellor as the accused.
The ministry would like to state that it is not aware of the issues and neither was it involved in making any complaints to ZACC or being involved in investigations leading to the accused being arraigned before the court for criminal abuse of office.
The ministry would want to bring it to your attention, as the chief government legal advisor that the ministry is not involved in academic issues. The issue is purely an academic issue which is the domain of the University through the council or senate.
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