Students take President Mugabe to court over Grace Mugabe's controversial PhD Zimbabwe students union takes President Robert Mugabe to court over the awarding of a controversial doctorate of philosophy degree to Grace Mugabe.

The Zimbabwe National Students Union (Zinasu) said they also want clarification on the doctorate awarded to Vice-President Joice Mujuru, who graduated on the same day as Grace, with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in the Faculty of Commerce. Mujuru's thesis though, is on the University of Zimbabwe's (UZ) website unlike Mugabe's.

Zinasu's president Gilbert Mutubuki said the union had engaged the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights to assist them in their bid for Mugabe and UZ administration to justify the awarding of the doctorates. He said students and other interested parties had failed to get an explanation from the institution.

President Robert Mugabe, who capped both his wife and Mujuru, will be cited in his capacity as the chancellor of the university while UZ's vice chancellor, who oversees the day to day running of the institution, will also be cited.

Mutubuki said the students expect to file their application in the High Court on Wednesday.

"We have decided to take the University of Zimbabwe to court and we will cite both the chancellor and the vice chancellor. We are working with the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights and our aim is to file our papers on Wednesday," said Mutubuki shortly after a meeting with the lawyers.

"As students we believe we have the locus standi to file such an application. We want to protect the image and reputation of the University of Zimbabwe hence our action. "We believe politicians should not abuse the University of Zimbabwe or its staff to fight their factional wars.

"We understand that both the Vice President [Mujuru] and the President's wife have very high political ambitions, but they should not use the UZ to achieve their goals."

Factions
Mujuru is believed to be leading a faction that is angling to control Zanu PF in the post-Mugabe era, while Grace recently entered mainstream politics and is also seeking a high office. Mutubuki said the union was lobbying parliamentarians to raise a motion and also investigate how the doctorates were awarded.

"We are doing this because this matter is bigger than students. It's a national issue which has consequences for the entire education sector. This is why we are taking a stand," he said.

Intimidation

Last week Zinasu wrote a letter to the Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda asking for the parliamentary portfolio committee on higher and tertiary education to investigate circumstances under which Grace was awarded her doctorate. The letter was copied to Nyagura and the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education Dr Olivia Muchena.

Mutubuki said he was being intimidated for challenging those in authority to justify the awarding of Grace's PHD, but said he would soldier on.

"I have received numerous calls from private numbers and some people claiming to be from Team Mai Mugabe. They are threatening me and warning me to stop talking about this issue. Some of them actually came to my home on Saturday but I was not there, but this intimidation will not stop us. Actually it motivates us because we want to see justice prevailing," he said.

"I have also been warned that I risk being expelled from the university, but I will fight on because I have done nothing wrong."

Mutubuki said Zimbabweans should not stop debating the issue and demanding answers, adding that the student body was organising a public meeting this week where the matter will be discussed. He said respected academics would be invited to give their opinions and participate in the debate.

Despite pressure from ordinary Zimbabweans, students, alumni and academics that UZ publish Mugabe's thesis and reveal her registration details and the names of her supervisors, the institution has remained tight-lipped.

The university's public relations department promised to issue a statement a fortnight ago but had not done so. It is known that Mujuru received her undergraduate degree from the Women's University in Africa as well as a master's in Strategic Management.

She also graduated with a master's degree in Entrepreneurial Development from Chinhoyi University of Technology. Mutubuki, however, said they were keen to establish when she started her studies with UZ although her thesis is on the institution's website.

Grace Mugabe ‘poor student'
Grace on the other hand has previously made headlines for being a poor student. In 1998, local media reported that she failed all three subjects she was tested for at the University of London where she was studying for a bachelor of arts degree in English. She was eventually deregistered by the university after failing most of her examinations.

She failed explorations in literature I (9%), explorations in literature II (18%), and renaissance comedy: Shakespeare and Jonson (17%). The following year she repeated the three subjects, but again failed explorations in literature I (31%), renaissance comedy: Shakespeare and Jonson (29%). She, however, improved in explorations in literature II, gaining 42%. In the same year she attempted an additional subject, approaches to text, but failed, scoring only 7%. - M&G




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Hacha Ndizvo
+2 # Hacha Ndizvo 2014-09-30 09:17
Good. Very good. At least evil will not prevail if good men do something about it.
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selele
+1 # selele 2014-09-30 09:58
Way to go. But why is Zinasu advising us to stop debating about this issue in public? Why is Jonathan Moyo tight-lipedß Usually Jonso always has something to say, especially on acadamic issues.
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ginger brown
-1 # ginger brown 2014-09-30 10:17
mmmmmm mafana wakaendeswa kuchikoro nevabereki kunodzidza not zvematongerwo enyika apa warasika mfana wami, some of us we used to have guava fruit at lunch time whilst colleagues go for T-bone but after completion of my studies I got a well paying job and im now choosing what I want to hv at lunch time, tave kumberi izvi zvezinasu izvi hameno but the truth is it wont gv u answers in and the image of the college u talk abt has long been tarnished, check r south African Qualifications authority and see how they are rating the college's certificates now especially those that were attained from 2004-2009, its a pity cuz u wont be given the same nqf with some1 with same degree but hving completed earlier or after 2009, I don't think this will make uz certificates competitive in any way by seeking an xplanation thru the courts plus warwadziwa neyi, this is common practice the world over, im not saying its good or bad practice but that is the status quo the world over....I rest my plea, lol!
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selele
0 # selele 2014-09-30 10:34
Quoting ginger brown:
mmmmmm mafana wakaendeswa kuchikoro nevabereki kunodzidza not zvematongerwo enyika apa warasika mfana wami, some of us we used to have guava fruit at lunch time whilst colleagues go for T-bone but after completion of my studies I got a well paying job and im now choosing what I want to hv at lunch time, tave kumberi izvi zvezinasu izvi hameno but the truth is it wont gv u answers in and the image of the college u talk abt has long been tarnished, check r south African Qualifications authority and see how they are rating the college's certificates now especially those that were attained from 2004-2009, its a pity cuz u wont be given the same nqf with some1 with same degree but hving completed earlier or after 2009,.....I rest my plea, lol!

Uri mbwende mdhara. Kana pabasa pauri ipapo you are buisy ass-licking.
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Hacha Ndizvo
+1 # Hacha Ndizvo 2014-09-30 11:27
He is more than being a coward - he is Shilapxxtictic
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Naome
+3 # Naome 2014-09-30 11:52
Ndezvameso muromo zvinyarare.Tino ona kunowira tsvimbo nedohwe.Rinaman yanga hariputirwi.Cho kwadi chichabuda pa chena.
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kangelani
+1 # kangelani 2014-09-30 12:24
May e law conculude it fairlly cz this kind of atittute reuduces e value of our education,since our own country has failed to emply its citzns pple are mvng out for greener pastures,how wilb taken after the P 's Wife got PHD wthout studed it.its life to some1 without qualifcations its soundless,meani ngless and useless efforts.we want a respectfull zimbabwean education with its values.
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ike
0 # ike 2014-09-30 12:46
Ginger Brown life is not only about choosing what you want to eat or wear. Real men tackle life's issues. Even zpf wouldn't want such a coward in their ranks.
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bie
+1 # bie 2014-09-30 14:22
only if more and more people could have the courage of this young man
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gogosesikhona
+1 # gogosesikhona 2014-09-30 23:48
It remains to be seen whether this PHD will be universally recognised. Even if she turns out tomorrow as a professer, it is doubtful if ever anyone will envy her. She is dump. Don't take her seriously. Everybody knows how she obtained it. Two legs have been a gateway to where she finds herself now. Open them wide open Grace. This is your highway to heaven.
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gogosesikhona
+1 # gogosesikhona 2014-09-30 23:48
It remains to be seen whether this PHD will be universally recognised. Even if she turns out tomorrow as a professer, it is doubtful if ever anyone will envy her. She is dump. Don't take her seriously. Everybody knows how she obtained it. Two legs have been a gateway to where she finds herself now. Open them wide open Grace. This is your highway to heaven.
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selele
+1 # selele 2014-10-01 10:37
The herald and Zanu-PF are now trying to witch hunt those who instantly published Mai Mujuru's thesis. Here we see Grace Mugabe's fighting methods i.e. terrorising "voiceless" academics for her own personal acum. Anyone of us has a "file" from where we can read past and present developments.

Id Mai Mugabe is real PhD material which mesmerised UZ professors by submitting a Masters thesis which was of PhD-quality, then she should react constructively by "fast-tracking" publication of her work as was done by Mai Mujuru and those who support her. Intimidation will only cement our suspicions.
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# UZ
0 # # UZ 2014-10-11 21:01
Grace dnt b corupt.....u ar riggng evn a PhD kkkkk
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