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UZ lecturers call for investigation into Grace Mugabe’s PhD

Grace Mugabe’s qualification at the University of Zimbabwe’s Social Studies Department in 2014 was followed by intense criticism with many questioning its legitimacy.

FILE: Former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Lecturers at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) have reportedly filed a petition with the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission calling for the investigation of former first lady Grace Mugabe’s doctorate in Philosophy.

The Zimbabwe Independent is reporting that Mugabe is facing possible further humiliation following her fall from power last year after the Zanu-PF removed her as the party’s Women’s League leader.

Grace Mugabe’s qualification at the state university’s Social Studies Department in 2014 was followed by intense criticism with many questioning its legitimacy.

Students at the University of Zimbabwe protested against Grace Mugabe’s degree in November 2017, calling for the institution to withdraw the former first lady’s qualification.

“We call on the council to withdraw Mugabe’s PhD with immediate effect. And those responsible, from the Sociology Department, for giving her that PhD must be arrested for academic theft.”

According to Zimbabwean media, lecturers at the university have heeded this call and have submitted a petition to the Zimbabwean Anti-Corruption Commission.

The Zimbabwe Independent is also reporting that the university’s Sociology Department board has no knowledge of Mugabe’s proposal progress reports or thesis.

Mugabe’s thesis is still unavailable in the public domain three years after her graduation.

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