-Former first lady of Zimbabwe, Grace Mugabe, was awarded her doctorate in 2014
- When her thesis was released last month, 4 years after her capping ceremony, suspicion was raised and an investigation of corruption is now in motion
- Last week the Vice Chancellor of UZ took the stand and was released on bail of $200
Grace Mugabe was conferred with a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in September 2014, two months after enrolling at the state university, University of Zimbabwe (UZ). Even though she was capped with her doctrine four years ago, her thesis was only published last month.
This raised suspicion and an investigation has been launched by Zimbabwe’s Anti-Corruption Commission regarding the awarding of Grace Mugabe’s Doctor of Philosophy Degree.
Zimbabwean newspaper the Herald has reported that the commission is probing University of Zimbabwe lecturer Professor Claude Mararike, who was assigned as Grace’s supervisor, over alleged abuse of office for fraudulently awarding the doctorate degree to the former first lady.
On Saturday, Professor Nyagura stood was questioned at Harare Magistrate Court for allegations of abuse of office as he has said to have unlawfully conferred the doctorate degree to the former first lady. He was released on bail at $200.
“He is under investigation and he faces arrest once investigations have been completed.” reported the Herald.
For the first time, university staff has come forward with cases of corruption and many have had their piece to say on the matter. Now that the people of Zimbabwe are free to speak their mind and raise cases of corruption, there is hope for a brighter future.
“The fall of Mugabe opened the door and gave hope such that the department lecturers freely challenged the degree,” said Helliker.
The matter has not been concluded and it seems that justice will be served as the people of Zimbabwe rallying against corruption.
Nyagura is expected back in court on 5 March. The investigation continues.
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