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Professor Claude Gumbucha Mararike Dies

University of Zimbabwe lecturer and social commentator Professor Claude Gumbucha Mararike has died.

He was 82.

Prof Mararike’s death was confirmed by his daughter, Vivian Mararike on Thursday. She said: “He passed on in the early hours of today.”

The UZ sociology lecturer was known for his regular appearances on the ZBC talk show “Zvavanhu”, where he would discuss concepts of Africanism with fellow academics Dr Vimbai Chivaura, Professor Sheunesu Mupepereki and Dr Tafataona Mahoso.

According to The NewsHawks, Professor Mararike was once investigated for abuse of office for fraudulently awarding a PhD degree to former First Lady Grace Mugabe.

Grace graduated from UZ with a Doctor of Philosophy from the Faculty of Social Studies in September 2014. She was supervised by Mararike.

Her PhD sparked a storm of controversy as it was dismissed as fraudulently acquired.

The matter was investigated by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC).

More: The Herald

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