Grace Mugabe’s PhD scandal torches storm

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A STORM is brewing at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) as senior lecturers, including deans and professors, plan to write a letter of protest to the university council, the institution’s highest decision-making body, over the controversial award of a doctoral degree to President Robert Mugabe’s wife, Grace, it has emerged.

Elias Mambo

“Deans and senior lecturers want to engage the council demanding an explanation on how the university awarded Grace Mugabe a PhD,” a UZ professor who requested anonymity said yesterday.

“We have checked university, department and faculty records, from registration, the academic committee, research and attendant issues like supervision both internal and external and exam processes; there are so many gaps and question marks. It seems procedures were simply not followed and this is an indictment on her and the university itself.”

A senior lecturer said: “We want an enquiry into this issue because it’s not about Grace per se, but the UZ, its leadership and the education system in Zimbabwe. It seems this is an academic scandal of monumental proportions.”

Depending on the country and institution, a PhD takes different periods to complete. In the US, it usually takes three to six years depending on the field of study, work rate and supervisors.
Depending on whether it is the traditional DPhil, an integrated PhD, or a professional one, and if one is full-time or part-time, among other factors, in the UK it takes between three and six years. In Zimbabwe it is a minimum of three years.

“Doctorates in the US are not like DPhils here and generally in the British system,” another UZ professor said. “In the US, to get a PhD you must first do a programme of course work for two years, after which you take and must pass a qualifying exam before embarking on research and writing a dissertation where you are supervised by a dissertation committee of two or three scholars.

It’s different here at UZ where we follow the British system which requires a student to do extensive research on a single project, under the guidance and supervision of an academic who is an expert in the field. Writing the thesis or a dissertation, of usually 100 000 words, must be presented at the end of three years of academic period.

The decision whether or not a doctorate should be depends a lot on the quality and depth of the final work. There’s usually no taught element involved in the traditional PhD or DPhil, which differs with from the integrated PhD or professional PhD structure.”

The UZ has now become a laughing stock locally and abroad over the issue.

Ibbo Mandaza, a renowned local academic, said Grace’s controversial PhD award would damage UZ’s reputation, its academics and its alumni. “It’s less about the graduate herself and more about the university’s reputation which is under scrutiny and at stake,” Mandaza said. “The issue must be explained by the university in detail.”

Grace was deregistered by the University of London where she was studying for a Bachelor of Arts (English) degree after failing most of her examinations in 2004.

42 thoughts on “Grace Mugabe’s PhD scandal torches storm”

  1. citizen says:

    Degrees from the UZ will now be totally worthless. The destruction continues.

    1. Wrong people still have to pay for them. If I heard you correctly you meant to say you are principled and would not pay for them.

  2. martz says:

    The UZ has been like this since 1990. Rotten to the bone. We have people with arts doing commercials and when they get into the industry they are a poor lot performance wise.

    1. Chamunoda says:

      Martz, you clearly don’t know what you’re talking about. Studying arts at A-level does not preclude one from enrolling in a Commercial degree program and excelling at it. University level commercial classes, including Accounting, presume no prior knowledge of the subject. Some of the best accountants and business people I know only took up “commercials” at University level.

    2. Damn I paid a lot of money to that online school for my PHD. Wish I knew UZ can do it faster and cheaper.

  3. tasara says:

    No wonder many recent graduates from this university are full of mediocrity, ma copy and paste oga. If they dont have somewhere to copy from they become stuck! This university’s ranking will crush in the next update!

    1. Dr UZ says:

      The UZ does not appear on any global university rankings. So, there is no reputation to protect.

      1. I thought it was the best on Zimbabwe?

  4. Wireless says:

    UZ has gone to the dogs! They will not never retrieve that PHD from Grace, it is all part of the plot to succeed her husband. It is a disgrace!

  5. munyaradzi says:

    uz is a reputable university , but these are abnormal times. given a chance anybody would rather give a degree to grace than die. i would do that. anyway that degree means nothing coz she can t apply it.

  6. Me too please ... says:

    I need a Please hire desperate (Phd) by Monday to open my surgery. Is the UZ open over the weekend ?

    1. Ask for MDs. They wouldn’t go that low to offer fake MDs, but again who are we dealing with. Meanwhile in hell the Devil was overhead saying even I wouldn’t offer fake MDs. Now it is a matter of trust between Mugabe and the devil, who do you trust? 99% of the people intervied in a recent poll said they would rather work with the devil.

    2. Ask for MDs. They would go that low to issue fake MDs, but again who are we dealing with?

  7. magame says:

    The specialisation in commercial subjects at a level is a recent development. Previously all people who studied commercials at university did arts at a level. The grace issue is the topical here and deserves comdemnation by everyone. Bob has lost all purpoted principles to agree to this.

    1. He did not lose any principles. This guy never had any? Tongogara. Chitepo, victims of Gukurahundi and many others are turning in their graves wondering why their cold calculating killer could be considered a man of principles.

  8. lepron says:

    UZ gone past the dogs? Just asking

    1. Grace says:

      Gone to the dogs?? Even the dogs would not have it…kkk

  9. Chen Chikezha says:

    But she at least improved at the University of London, may be if she had been allowed to continue she would have finally made it by 2015. It was only because staff at UL were not as patient as ours at UZ who are super patriots…………

    1. Yes indeed she improved on using spell check wow what a remarkable improvement.

  10. Analyst says:

    Bob is abusing his office of chancellor for personal and bedroom reasons. Shame on this nonagenarian. Succession politics has taken centre stage. Bob is putting lipstick on his frog. But it will remain a frog.

    1. Don’t give him credit for the bedroom, where he has been inactive since back when Hector was a puppy. He tried viagra to no avail. Kumira chaiko kwete ka musatitaurire mashura.

  11. winny says:

    hahahahaha that is very true uz image has been greatly tarnished…did u know it is hard to get a place at uz than any other university in africa…..kkkkkkkkk now this happens…..uz yava mafunnies maybe they shouldturn it into a polytechnic

    1. Or Secondary School, which is what it is.

  12. Cde says:

    Zimbabweans we get leaders we deserve. This is what we deserve. The people always connive with leaders. We all have connived with Robert since 1980. So here now is the fruits of our labor. ENJOY!

    1. If someone comes and threaten to maime or kill you if you don’t vote for ZANU PF then he is conniving? Some people were courageous and took a stand. We heard one Hitler Hunzvi with his marauding gang of killers torture or murder non supporters of Mugabe. Some MDC supporters who took a stand against Mhondi idzi were either brutally killed or injured. So the noble citizens who were slaughtered in cold blood collaborated? Muzenda could not hide it anymore and told people that “you vote for the one I tell you to vote for. If I tell you to vote for a baboon you vote for a baboon.” Does that ring a bell. There are many who do not or will never ever appease Mugabe. When you say we connived with him you are adding insult to injury to the multitudes of Mugabe’s victims.

  13. kalulu says:

    I really appreciate the principled stand that has been taken by the UZ Senior Lecturers regarding the Grace Mugabe doctoral degree scandal. Whatever the outcome at least they have protested for the sake of the UZ reputation which is at stake.

    1. What reputation? You probably don’t know the matakanana that was going on over their?

  14. chamboko says:

    One should take pride in achieving such a qualification, having worked hard for it, but to have pride in a qualification you have not worked for and do not deserve is a clear indication of total self dishonest. But then again what has this lot achieved or acquires honestly. They have stolen virtualy all they have now there is nothing more to steal they have gone to education, just for the sake of thieving. They shun UZ for their children, what makes them go to UZ not where they send their children?? Answer lies in they cant cheat and manipulate reputable institutions. Shame shame shame UZ.

  15. Damn I paid a lot of money to that online school for my PHD. Wish I knew UZ can do it faster and cheaper.

  16. Asi vanhu musashamisike mazuvano zviri fake zvawanda. Fake hair, fake moustache fake nails, fake teeth, fake orgasm, fake legs, fake breasts, fake matako, fake lips, fake eye lashes, fake nose, fake penis among others. Zvawanda munhu funga chaungagadzire unotoita mari yako.

  17. Abbie says:

    There is a basic point that Mugabe is driving home. That he has title deeds to the country and can do exactly as he pleases without any repercussions. The irony though is that, for decades he and his ministers have considered the UZ and all the other local institutions trashy because none of them have wanted to send their children there. The president shamelessly loots treasury in the name of the so called Presidential Scholarship Fund from whose coffers the the university fees for children of the who is who in Zanu p.f. are paid at foreign institutions.

    It is indeed laughable that the President awarded his wife a PhD from a trashy University. Need we say more?

  18. Ignoramuses says:

    Both Mujuru and Grace PHDs are dubious. With a denading schedule required to do a PHD, I wonder how Mujuru did hers given her dumbhead which is well known and how busy she was involved in Zanu Pf Factional fights, where did she get the time to do a PHD and other degrees before that. It is a shame. Zanu Pf has killed the economy, social being of the people, almost everything and now have finally killed education. These good for nothing idiots must be booted out as soon as is possible because we have become a laughing stock of the world. As for Grace, its a shame , shame indeed and it is very disheartening for someone who even failed to pass a secretarial course of 3 months attaining a Phd. God help us. Even Government defenders and spokepersons like Jonathan Moyo has no words over this issue, because as a true Doctorate holder, he cannot be found defending pure shit like this. As for Mujuru, she thought by obtaining the Doctorate by hook and crrok, this would raise her profile and may be favoured to be a President, What inept thinking and Doctorate is only specialising in a certain area and nothing more. In America someone can obtain a Doctorate by studying the behaviour of bees or that sort of fun things. Food for thought. Wake up hey you baboons!!

  19. Ignoramuses says:

    Both Mujuru and Grace PHDs are dubious. With a denading schedule required to do a PHD, I wonder how Mujuru did hers given her dumbhead which is well known and how busy she was involved in Zanu Pf Factional fights, where did she get the time to do a PHD and other degrees before that. It is a shame. Zanu Pf has killed the economy, social being of the people, almost everything and now have finally killed education. These good for nothing idiots must be booted out as soon as is possible because we have become a laughing stock of the world. As for Grace, its a shame , shame indeed and it is very disheartening for someone who even failed to pass a secretarial course of 3 months attaining a Phd. God help us. Even Government defenders and spokepersons like Jonathan Moyo has no words over this issue, because as a true Doctorate holder, he cannot be found defending pure shit like this. As for Mujuru, she thought by obtaining the Doctorate by hook and crrok, this would raise her profile and may be favoured to be a President, What inept thinking and Doctorate is only specialising in a certain area and nothing more. In America someone can obtain a Doctorate by studying the behaviour of bees or that sort of fun things. Food for thought.

  20. This a disgrace by Grace

  21. Kudhivanisa says:

    Why does Grace want a Phd, what is the reason behind it? Is it the prestige of being called Doctor Grace?

  22. Dr Zvichaperachete says:

    it was Chancellor Ngwazi Matibili who NIGERIANISED the UZ by admitting fellow massmurderer Mengistu Haile Medium’s children into the UZ medical school without adequate entry points.Shame,shame, shame on the evil,corrupt Matibili&the Concubine Disgrace,corruption stinks in Zim& the UZ.

  23. zimbabwean says:

    Does Grace even have A level

  24. sam says:

    Zimbabweans even without an ordinary level certificate have proves to be a cut above the rest. This Grace issue is jus for politicians no serious employer will judge it’s prospectus employees based on this non event.

    1. travis mujuru says:

      they should have given her a doctorate in shona , maybe

  25. sora says:

    ANY COMMENT FROM HONOURABLE PRESIDENT

  26. stcwejente says:

    kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk inga Ma1 vanhu vanoda zvinhu kunge pastic bag [madegree ave kutengeswa pasi pemuti kunge zvipadagu] UZ back door yatiuraira nyika.grace usakurumidza kumedza kutsenga kuchada unodzipwa kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk rinamanyanga hariputirwe

  27. stcwejente says:

    haunyariri pesepese pssss pssss dzikamavo wakura .

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