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Zimbabwe anti-corruption commission probing Grace Mugabe's doctorate

Commissioner Goodson Nguni says that lecturers asked for the probe after failing to find any record of Grace Mugabe as a student.

FILE: Former Zimbabwe first lady Grace Mugabe attends the opening of the annual agricultural fair on 25 August 2017 in Harare. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwe's anti-corruption commission says it is probing the awarding of a doctorate to former first lady Grace Mugabe.

Mugabe, whose husband resigned in November under pressure from the military and ruling party, received the doctorate from the University of Zimbabwe in 2014 amid allegations that she did not study for it.

Former President Robert Mugabe was chancellor of the institution.

Commissioner Goodson Nguni says that lecturers asked for the probe after failing to find any record of Grace Mugabe as a student.

Her political profile had been rising and there were fears that the unpopular first lady was positioning herself to succeed her 93-year-old husband. This led the military to step in last year.

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