President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed Professor Paul Mapfumo as the substantive Vice Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe (UZ), having been Acting Vice Chancellor since August 17, 2018.
Prof Mapfumo replaces long-serving Prof Levi Nyagura who left UZ in acrimonious circumstances in April.
A statement issued on Tuesday by UZ Council chairman Dr Anxious Jongwe Masuka reads in part:
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The appointment is for a period of five years effective 10 June 2019.
A distinguished academic, administrator and researcher par excellence, Prof Mapfumo brings with him a wealth of experience, evidence of strong vision and leadership, and a clear commitment to the University of Zimbabwe’s founding principles of excellence in teaching, research, innovation and strength of community in discovering and applying knowledge for public good, anchored by the highest academic and professional standards.
he is currently chairperson of the National Manpower Advisory Council, board member Zimbabwe Staff College Control Board, board member Zimbabwe National Army Schools Welfare Trust, lead expert Zimbabwe National Geospatial Agency, and delegate Zimbabwe Climate Change Negotiation Delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (2014-16, 2018).
Mapfumo replaces Nyagura who is facing charges of abuse of office after he allegedly conferred former First Lady Grace Mugabe with a Doctor of Philosophy degree without following due process.