Call for inquiry into Grace Mugabe Phd dismissed

A student body wanted an investigation into the circumstances under which the PHD was conferred.

FILE: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace. Picture: AFP

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe's Parliament has thrown out a petition from the National Students Union which requested Members of Parliament (MPs) to probe the recent awarding of a doctorate to first lady Grace Mugabe.

The students' body wanted lawmakers to investigate the 'dubious circumstances' under which the degree was conferred.

The petition was filed with Parliament two weeks ago.

But if the union, known as Zinasu, was hoping for help from MPs, those hopes have been dashed.

Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda says Parliament has no legal authority to rule on the matter.

He referred the students union to the Ministry of Education, the courts or the University of Zimbabwe's senate.

Questions have been raised about the authenticity of the Doctorate in Philosophy Degree, which Grace was conferred with in September, three months after it was first reported she was enrolled for one.