A political analyst Pedzisai Ruhanya has warned President Emmerson Mnangagwa over the flawed former First Lady Grace Mugabe’s PHD thesis which has just been published online after the department responsible at the University of Zimbabwe had distanced itself from overseeing the study.
Grace’s PHD caused a stir as critics say she did it within less than a year a study which has to be done between three to seven years.
“The bastardisation of knowledge and ideas is happening under ED government with reckless abundance. Mr President, you promised to fight against corruption. Look at the corruption of ideas and knowledge at UZ under Prof Levi Nyagura as he covers Grace Mugabe’s corruption of epistemic values!,” Ruhanya said.
Former secretary general of the Zimbabwe National Students Union, Makomborero Haruzivishe, urged the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) to thoroughly investigate the manner in which the doctorate was awarded, claiming that Mrs. Mugabe’s degree has tarnished the image of the University of Zimbabwe.
Several commentators also noted that the University of Zimbabwe needs to tackle this issue in order to clear its name. Students and lecturers claim that university standards have gone down due to the awarding of the PhD.