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UNIVERSITY of Zimbabwe (UZ) Vice-chancellor Professor Levi Nyagura was outraged and exploded yesterday when asked to explain how President Robert Mugabe's wife, Grace, got her controversial PhD as the academic scandal engulfing the first lady refuses to go away.

"Are you a university? So why do you want to know the details of this particular student's performance? How many students graduated with PhDs?" Nyagura erupted when asked to explain the contentious issue.

After being told there were 13 students who graduated with PhDs, including Grace, he asked: "So why would you want to know results of this particular student only?"

Further told that how Grace got her doctorate was not only interesting to the public but also an important issue of public interest, Nyagura — who chaired the UZ's 15-member academic member committee that awarded Grace the doctorate — became even more agitated, saying: "Why would the public want to know all this? Do they know how universities are run? The public is ignorant of how universities are run and this issue has nothing to do with them anyway."

After the outburst, he fired his parting shot: "I am not going to respond to any of your questions, thank you!"


For the past three weeks authorities at the UZ have avoided answering questions regarding Grace's doctorate degree and when Nyagura was finally available yesterday he refused to shed any light, only radiating more heat around the issue.

The media has failed so far to speak to other UZ leaders and officials, including spokesperson Dennis Rwafa, registrar Sergeant Chevo, officers in charge of student records and acting Dean of the Faculty of Social Studies Tichaendepi Masaya.

Efforts to speak to University Council chairperson Washington Mbizvo and UZ senate officials have also failed.








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