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Harare mayor snubs ‘bogus’ degree

By  Farayi Machamire

Harare Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni has turned down an honorary doctorate degree from a Dubai-based institute, arguing he would rather earn it through his own academic research.

Bernard Manyenyeni
Bernard Manyenyeni

He said the rate at which honorary degrees were being conferred on influential Zimbabweans was now worrying.

“I knew my turn would surely come,” he said in jest.

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Manyenyeni said he was not aware of the little-known institution — Dubai Leadership Summit — which had sent him a letter asking him to travel to the United Arab Emirates to receive the doctorate. This comes as title-seeking Zimbabweans have been warned against acquiring educational qualifications from dubious local and international institutions, as they will not be recognised in the country.

Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo has said government will soon introduce a law to punish people receiving degrees from unaccredited institutions.

“Very soon it will be a criminal offence in Zimbabwe to offer, seek or receive a fake degree or to get one from an unaccredited organisation!” Moyo tweeted.

He said the proposed law would apply retrospectively, which means several high-ranking government officials, including ministers, could be in soup for possessing fake degrees.

Cabinet has since approved the white paper for the Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Bill, 2017.

Manyenyeni said he had been advised that he would “pay” to attend the conference, where the doctorate would be conferred.

“I spent the last few years laughing when people were receiving these dubious degrees, so I will not accept it now,” he said.

“An honorary degree is an honour when it’s coming out of a proper institution, it is earned out of service but these degrees are a mockery to Zimbabwe.” Daily News

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