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Follow proper procedure in taking away Grace Mugabe PhD

By Don Chigumba

The Zimbabwe Independent Newspaper of 05th January 2018 published an article claiming that the sociology department of the University of Zimbabwe sent a petition to Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) requesting it to investigate, revoke and nullify Grace Mugabe’s PhD.

First Lady Grace Mugabe and the then Vice President Joice Mujuru get their PhD's (Pic by NewsDay)
Then First Lady Grace Mugabe and the then Vice President Joice Mujuru get their PhD’s (Pic by NewsDay)

This piece seeks to clarify on two issues; first, denounce the procedure being taken by the sociology department of University of Zimbabwe and finally, to educate the educated university professors about the correct procedures to follow in case of Amai Grace Mugabe’s PhD Revocation.

The university professors from the department of sociology embarrassed the entire country by petitioning Zacc to investigate, revoke and nullify the PhD of Amai Grace Mugabe. I once attacked Professor Jonathan Moyo when he was trying to revoke and nullify Dombo’s degree. The duty of nullifying university degrees rests upon the university organs and even God has no power to direct.

By international standards, a university is ‘a small State’ within a State, with powers to govern and control the government and society. A university has all the freedoms, and should be free from political interference. If you check the article 15 (if not mistaken) of the constitution of the University of Dar es salaam, security organs and politicians are not allowed in the university compound without permission from the university authorities.

In Zimbabwe, university professors like Makumbe, Madhuku and others terrorized/criticized Mr. Mugabe’s government without being harmed, because the former president knew the independence of university institutions and their Professors. Universities have freedom of manufacturing diseases or creating a human being from the ‘union’ of man and a dog.

The university has no right whatsoever to take its students to the police or any investigating agency without taking its own actions basing on constitution of the university.

Former President Mugabe had some of his degrees revoked but the matter was never taken to the investigative authorities of Britain. The university is given powers by its constitution to revoke Amai Grace Mugabe’s PhD without going through the Zacc.

Why going through Zacc? The move is wrong because it is meant to politicize university matters, I value UZ because it is the mirror of Zimbabwe and a move by UZ sociology’s so called professors to take Amai Grace Mugabe case to Zacc is unbecoming. UZ has just to revoke and nullify the PhD and if Zacc and police want to investigate and arrest some culprits that won’t be the duty of UZ authorities, the university is not a policeman or hangman.

According to Madondo, Silas M., in his textbook titled ‘Essentials of Social Science Research (2016), international code of research ethics dictates that researchers including universities may conduct research with drug-dealers or subjects who may be on the wrong side of the law but it is not their duty to report them to the security people.

Drug-dealers’ rights to privacy have to be protected. In this regard, despite the fact that Amai Grace Mugabe is a controversial politician, her rights have to be protected just like the rights of drug dealers. UZ should make their investigations behind the closed doors and avoid the public.

The UZ is setting a wrong precedents by taking the matter to Zacc and police investigations. The university procedures are clear and our learned professors should avoid becoming political. The university professors should agree to revoke and nullify Amai Mugabe’s PhD in their department and take the proposal to the university’s faculty assembly before taking the matter to the senate.

If the senate accepts the decision of the faculty assembly, the matter should be taken to the university council for approval. In case, the chairperson of the senate in this case Professor Levi Nyagura is trying to block the move, the university faculty assembly has a right to push a motion calling for his removal.


The UZ department of sociology members should withdraw their petition from Zacc and give the university structures chance to handle the matter. The university should remain apolitical in matters related to the university because the credibility of the university may suffer a blow like what happened with Amai Grace Mugabe and Professor Jonathan Moyo’s interference that led to the unholy award of PhD to Amai Mugabe.

I am calling upon President Mnangagwa who is the UZ Chancellor and the Chief Commander of Zimbabwe Defense Forces to call his confused university professors to order and or put the professors under ‘library arrest’ (in UZ library) so that they may be released after mastering/reading the university procedures and the way universities are run.

Don Chigumba is a political analyst based in South Africa 

  • to hell….why do you want to follow procedures now..Why werent those procedures followed when she was given doctorate. Mawuriro azvakaita ndomaendere acho!!!

    • Nhai hako now they need procedures to be taken properly ko pakapiwa doctrate rachona akaita proper procedure here?

    • shaa they shld knw kt zveku backdoor zvoperera ku backdoor!!!

    • Its precisely because the degree was awarded in an irregular manner that its revocation has to be regular. The University cannot resort unprocedural means to solve its issues if it does it will lose its credibility. Once Grace got her ‘fabricated’ award which is the property of UZ to get it back the university has to prove that it was issued without following academic procedures NOT ZACC….

    • mugabe paitonga paitaurika here mainyangarika zvikaita vamwe nw we are free to say

    • Boby Mafi. The university lost its credibility when they issued that bogus degree.

    • RoyalG Holdings

      You started very well but then went on to involve the so called self imposed chancellor who happens to be a political figure as well. Put your facts in order as well.

  • Nhaimi, kuti achamotsvaga basa naro here degree racho!

  • Sometimes we choose to be too academic and complex when dealing with simple, straightforward and mundane tasks. The PhD is a fraud, period!

    • & those who authorised the issuing of that doctorate should be in prison by now…..thats what we call gross incompetence!!!!

    • If its fake do u think the university authorities are the once who authorised its insurance

  • It appears that the person trying to educate the professors is mixing honorary doctorates and earned doctorates. Grace Mugabe was not awarded an honorary doctorate. We were told that she had written a thesis and earned her PhD. It appears this was not true so the PhD was fraudulently and corruptly awarded. It is this that brings in ZACC and the police because corruption and fraud are criminal offences. So I do not agree that the department erred in asking ZACC to investigate

    • I haven’t read that article but involving police and ZACC is over the top. That PhD must just be withdrawn using the university’s policies and procedures. It’s going to be costly in the end. If she had used the title to get a job or for any economic advantage, that os when police and ZACC are required.

      Who ever awarded her must be fired and be barred from holding a similar position for a number of years and i do not think it requires ZACC, police or court action to do that.

    • Here the argument is not about proportionality but about criminality. People falsely and corruptly awarded a PhD. The net effect of this is that not many people will trust PhDs from UZ. It means that those who worked hard to earn their PhDs will now be looked at with suspicion. Until the bad apples are flushed out and prosecuted then PhDs from UZ will always be considered potentially dubious.

    • I hear you but not sure how cases of academic fraud can be dealt with in court. Unless the courts use obscure laws which do not refer specifically with academic fraud, i do not see a criminal element in this case. Withdrawing the award and getting rid of whoever awarded maybe be a better option. Then put up counter measures to stop a situation like this from happening again.

    • Very correct Gidi

  • Are crazy?Was proper procedure done in awarding the PhD? Iron sharpens iron.

  • grace this grace that l see she is a legend now vanhu amugone kupedza viki musina kutaura nezvake ka kkkkk big up grace

    • Muchati Bhuu

      Even Al Capone and Adolf Hitler are mentioned millions of times a day.That doesn’t change the fact that they were evil.Grace is one good example of an evil person and should even be mentioned in history textbooks in schools, lest history repeats itself.We will never forget, she left a dirt blot in the country’s history.

  • Kuti zvingaunze ma dollars here izvi maline apere mumabank…
    Removing it or not will not help the rest of us.
    Looks like it is time to settle scores

    • Taura hako izvo hazvina basa be careful of helping those who are out there to settle scores, isusu we want cash everywhere like before. No queues at banks.

    • We need to protect the image and reputation of our biggest university. That way we can lure students even from abroad and earn forex. Think outside the box vehama.

  • Was “proper” procedure followed in awarding her the degree in the first place? Mxm musada kutinzwa😏

  • I stopped reading immediately after seeing this,”The duty of nullifying university degrees rests upon the university organs and even God has no power “.

  • I understand what the writer is saying. He’s right. He’s not saying that the PhD must not be withdrawn but it must happen according to the rules governing such.
    It’s just like how Mnangagwa became president. He should have followed the constitution

  • Did she follow proper procedure to obtain it

  • Did she follow proper procedure to obtain it

    • It’s obvious she did not… but the first step is to cancel it first

  • Burn that shit degree

  • To follow the procedure to undo something that was done unprocedurally? Its like trying to catch a thief that is running into the bushes by chasing it following the road. Ha.

  • I wana see its smoke from this side of town

  • It’s a stolen phd,so since when do you follow a correct procedures on something which has been stolen. Anditi mbavha dzinongosungwa.procedure yei nayo

  • I think Grace is a hero. You can’t spend a day without mentioning her name. Thumbs up Grace Mugabe.

  • Did she follow the procedure in the first place- no wonder Zimbabwe is shit

  • The moment you put God’s name in the article in such a manner it lost relevance. You should know the limits…..sounding just like the people who built the titanic…

  • The moment you put God’s name in the article in such a manner it lost relevance. You should know the limits…..sounding just like the people who built the titanic…

  • Chantelle Green-Thompson

  • Batayi hure iro muise mujeri muna gumbura just 48hrs chete

  • Muchati Bhuu

    If I remember well,Madhuku was beaten up several times .At one time Mugabe joked about how he (Madhuku) earns more money from donors each time the police beat him up.Bob respected no one.

  • In this case , Grace Mugabe was a student , who was a lecturer and UZ Chancellor ? Who confirmed the degree ? Its now water under the bridge . If she was unlawfully handed over a PHD degree that’s the good of her

  • Just strip her she doesn’t deserve it doubt she has her ZJC certificates

  • Munhu anonzi Marujata atombori ne O’level here zvamunomhanyira kuPhD?

  • Did she follow procedure

  • Robert Myles-Greening

    The author of the article is a clueless individual who seems to have had no experience whatsoever of UZ either as a student or an academic. If he professes to be a journalist he should know better that the UZ long seized to be the island he is talking about but has been controlled from the shake-shake building for decades. Is he not aware that as early as the late 80’s riot police were feeding students on campus teargas by the bucket load each time there was a disturbance? That they were free to roam on compass at free will after the Higher Education Amendment Act of 1989? Was he there when Prof Kamba told the world why he was leaving his post as VC in 1992? Is he unaware of the political appointments of VCs and Pro VCs? Is he not aware that people appointed to Pro VC posts via due process were politically prevented from assuming those posts? Is he not aware of Mathematics professors who have no publications in Mathematics journals? So if people who benefited from patronage are repaying political favours, where does “correct procedure” come into it? What the Sociology lecturers put forward is the correct procedure for award of earned degrees. If that was not followed then a crime was committed because an Act of parliament which gives effect to the University Charter was violated. The degree was corruptly awarded. Corruption is a crime against the state in Zimbabwe. It is not a crime against the university, if the author gets it. Corruption should be dealt with by the correct arms of state, not the university. Talk of untouchable lecturers! My word! Both the late Dr Makumbe and Prof Madhuku (a proper & published professor by the way) were brutalised by the state for their stance. They only continued to speak out because of their courage and not because there was someone out there who respected the independence of the UZ. Get it Mr, UZ is not at present an island of learning and it is you who needs to be locked up in a library of reality to study real life.

  • razor blade

    Well informative article

  • Lilcheeks

    The truth is Grace never achieved that academic qualification. No rocket science is needed to prove this. It’s an insult to others for her to be called a doctor.
    Of course procedure must be followed to annul it officially which hopefully will be put in eternal lace.

  • Cecil of Mosi-oa-Tunya

    You are smoking big Don Chigumba. If a university has so much autonomy why would it confer a degree to the wife of the chancellor, which chancellor is also the president of the country, without the wife studying anything?