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Zimbabwe anti-corruption body investigates Grace Mugabe’s PhD

Zimbabwe’s anti-corruption agency is investigating whether the former First Lady Grace Mugabe fraudulently obtained a doctorate.

Grace Mugabe, pictured at a rally last month, is alleged to have attacked the woman with an extension cord. Photograph: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
Grace Mugabe (Photograph: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP)

Lecturers at the University of Zimbabwe filed a petition last week asking to investigate.

She was awarded the PhD just months after enrolling at university in 2014 even though doctorates typically require years of full-time research.

Mrs Mugabe has previously defended her academic record.

In September, she told a governing party rally that she had earned her PhD despite her detractors’ scepticism.

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Mrs Mugabe was awarded a PhD by the University of Zimbabwe.

But lecturers at the same institution are behind the petition to investigate how she obtained the qualification.

Zimbabwe Independent, a privately owned newspaper, quotes the academics’ petition as saying they had no knowledge of her 2014 graduation until they heard media reports :

“This was a shock to many members of the department as most members never [saw] or heard about the proposal, progress reports, thesis examiners and outcome of such a study by the candidate.”

Local media report that Mrs Mugabe’s doctoral thesis has not been made public, breaking with usual practice.

Mrs Mugabe was personally capped by her husband and then-president Robert Mugabe, who was also the chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe.

She had hoped to replace her husband as leader, but antagonised a faction of the ruling Zanu-PF party which led to a fallout within the party.

The military then stepped in and forced President Mugabe to end his 37-year rule and installed his former deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, as president.  BBC

  • Dr Amai Grace Mugabe.kkkkk

  • mnnngj

    Interesting to see if it was just given to her.


    • True Clayton they are biz nedzimwe nyaya dzisina kana nekuguta kwedu tirikuda manew development munyika kwete kuramba tichiimba song inonzi Gire haina zvainotipa

  • NXAA WHY NOW. Kushaya zvekuita uku.don’t u have beta stuff 2 deal with

  • NXAA WHY NOW. Kushaya zvekuita uku.don’t u have beta stuff 2 deal with

  • Akagara asina chikoro saka akariwana kupi Dr

  • Akagara asina chikoro saka akariwana kupi Dr

  • If they find her guilty, what next?

  • She dd…n plz get her for tht!

  • What’s there to investigate? Ofcoz she did!

  • dai vakaramba kumupa vainyura masikati machena, kuchema misodzi yengwena chaiyo

  • Where were they all this long? These independent bodies must avoid being plunged into political battles amongst ZANU pf party factions

  • Its a known secret that she was handed the doctrate in less than 3 months of registration. Levi and whoever presided over that fake doctrate must join Gumbura nad Kereke at Chikurubi.

  • Aaaaaa nxm!! Investigating a “doctorate”. Kutodira fuel nekubhadhara vanhu kuita investigation yechi “doctorate” iyoyo. Why cant you be serious guys and work on serious issues!!

  • kkkkkkk. pwaapwaaa. Zimbabwe the land of comwdy

  • s

    talk no action. blinding Zimbabweans.

  • Zviripachena kuti degree rakaitwa chitsotsi, chirungu cha Grace chaaigona ndi stop it, kuzoti chekunyora ma thesis waichiwanepi dhongi gadzi uya

  • Diplomatic immunity….

  • Leave her alone with her fake paper. She will be heading her Mazoe varsity as Vice Chancellor.

  • Of coz she got it fraudulently. Why is it taking so long and wasting resources?

  • Musatitambisire mari neku investigator apa zviri pachena mai inganyora thesis here iyi kkkkkkkkk haaai

  • We all know she made a phone call or whatsapp msg to U.Z requesting for it.Had she really done a thesis ,she would have been humbled enough and embraced our social norms of chivanhu.Kuziva kuti haufumuki pavanhu,haufumuri machechi uchivaitisa zvavanoda.After she hijacked the Phd she was called Dr Amai.Izvi zvakavavhundutsa vakatanga kudhunya worse.

  • PHD

    This witchunt will not suffice as an attempt to present a goverment which is fighting corruption, spending time and resources investigating useless degrees instead of investigating 15 billion is bullshit, who gives a shit bout Grace PHD , 15 Billion will go a long way to help ordinary people. until then , its childplay political gimmicks.

    • shasha

      If the issue of corruption is not addressed even the 15 billion that you are referring to is “found” inongorohwa futi and we will be back to square one.

  • It is a well known fact that almost every company which operated in zimbabwe during Robert’s time displayed a big portrait of his image at reception areas.I remember Robert held a certain portifolio within the same university that awarded wife whatever you call it.
    It’s a pity I hold no accademic accolade whilst Grace does.

  • Hant ndim makammbot heeee diplomatic immunity, shem

  • Batai munhu.

  • So if she is found guilt what happens.does she go to jail.

  • Let’s not be distracted by small issues, the biggest corruption scandal in our country is about the 15billion, Grace degree did not affect my bread and butter ,asi 15 billion did .Let’s talk about that 1st

    • I agree with you there. After all that doctorate has been useless since she got the title.

  • Tirikuda zve 15 billion zve degree iro hapana kwaanorishandisa

  • wat of the businesses and farms and proparties

  • lske

    Why just investigate Disgrace for the degree She must have had her fingers in too many pies as the expression goes as she loved all the lovely things in life diamond rings properties,wanting to get to the top quickly etc smell something fishy about this anti corruption organisation as the Nguni guy who is also wanted in SA was appointed by her husband