Nyagura Blasts Departmnent Over Grace Mugabe PhD

University of Zimbabwe Vice Chancellor Professor Levi Nyagura has blasted lecturers in the Department of Sociology for challenging the awarding of a doctorate to former First Lady Grace Mugabe, saying they were “ignorant Messrs and doctors” with no academic capacity to supervise a PhD student.

By Paidamoyo Chipunza and Mirirai Nsingo

In an interview with The Herald yesterday on demands by 10 lecturers for the university to revoke Mrs Mugabe’s PhD, Prof Nyagura said PhD students were supervised by the post-graduate centre and not a teaching department.

“There is no way that they could have supervised the candidate because a doctorate is not done by a teaching department. It is done by a post-graduate centre,” said Prof Nyagura.

He dismissed allegations that the thesis was not in the library until this year. Prof Nyagura claimed the thesis was deposited at the university library in 2014.

“Those are all lies. The thesis has always been in the library since 2014,” he said.

Prof Nyagura said Mrs Mugabe’s thesis was supervised by two professors, who also supervised former Vice President Joice Mujuru.

Mrs Mugabe

Mrs Mugabe

In relation to Professor Mararike’s appointment, Prof Nyagura said the position required a candidate with traceable academic credentials, which the whole department lacked.

“Whoever is challenging the appointment of Professor Mararike is ignorant of the University’s ordinance laws, which is why maybe they are not Professors. The laws say ‘may’ consult not ‘must’ consult,” he said.

Prof Nyagura said the university was ready to defend its position should the lecturers consider taking a legal route. Earlier in the year, 10 lecturers from the department of sociology challenged Prof Nyagura to revoke and nullify Mrs Mugabe’s doctorate arguing that it was awarded unprocedurally.

Supervised by Professor Claude Mararike, Mrs Mugabe graduated with the Doctor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Social Studies in September 2014.

Through their lawyer Ms Fiona Iliff from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, the lectures said they were shocked to hear that Mrs Mugabe had been awarded a doctorate from their department when they never saw her application, acceptance letter, supervision and even awarding of the degree.

“The Sociology Department Board has never approved anything in respect of the candidate’s research or thesis. The members of the Sociology Department Board were shocked at the news that the candidate was awarded the degree by the Sociology Department. All the requisite procedures were not followed in toto, and there was complete disregard of university rules, processes and procedures,” said the lectures in their letter of concern dated January 29 2018 to the University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Levi Nyagura.

The 10 lecturers are: Prof Rudo Gaidzanwa, Drs Sandra Bhatasara, Julius Musevenzi, Fenton Ruparanganda, Gutsa, Mandizadza, Sadomba, Mate and Messrs Nelson Muparamoto and T Chevo.

The lecturers further alleged that as at January 8 2018, Mrs Mugabe’s thesis was not in the university library.

“All things considered, the awarding of the degree under such circumstances was unethical, unprofessional, and unprocedural, as the quality of the final product was not controlled by qualified professionals if at all any research was conducted to warrant conferment of such a degree. The awarding of the degree constitutes academic corruption and criminal abuse of office in terms of section 174 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act (Chapter 9:23) on the part of anyone implicated in awarding the degree at the University.”

With regards to Professor Mararike’s appointment, the lecturers alleged that he was appointed without their consultation as stipulated in the ordinance regulations.

They said Prof Mararike whom they allege was Mrs Mugabe’s supervisor was not a suitable candidate to act as chairperson of the Sociology department board since he was on a temporary contract at the university.

“Your appointment of Professor C. Mararike was in breach of sections 4.2 and 4.7 of ordinance number 25 of the University of Zimbabwe, in that no consultation with members of the Sociology department board was ever done,” alleged the lecturers.

Sources close to Mrs Mugabe’s PhD thesis saga claim that the department of Sociology has handled many other PhD students.

They said in the event that the department lacked competences in line with the student’s thesis, it is the department which seeks supervisors from other departments contrary to what transpired in Ms Mugabe’s doctorate.

The sources also dismissed Prof Nyagura’s claims that no one in the department was qualified to hold the position of acting chairperson saying there was a full professor and four Doctors.-Herald

General Chiwenga Wants to Hand Mother In Law Seke Seat In 2018 Election

Vice President Constatino Chiwenga’s mother in law could contest in this year’s elections after Seke rural leaders introduced her as the next MP for the area.

Helga Mubaiwa was introduced at the weekend in Manyame where she was officiating at the completion of Whealerdale Clinic and Hughes Primary School.

Mubaiwa was introduced to hundreds of villagers by the Manyame Rural District chairperson, Dickson Mudzara.

According to Mudzara, the VP’s in-law is the next MP for Seke as she assisted in the completion of the construction of the local clinic and the school. Phineas Chihota is the current Zanu PF MP for Seke.

Mudzara told the villagers that Seke was in need of businesspeople like Mubaiwa to contest in elections and represent them in Parliament as some politicians had proven to be incompetent after failing to complete the construction of Whealerdale Clinic and St Hughes primary school.

“For the past five years, senior Zanu PF officials here have been failing to complete the construction of the clinic. However, Mai Mubaiwa has managed to do that even before becoming an MP,” Mudzara said.

Mudzara said most students at the primary school, which was constructed some 100 year ago, were learning under trees after their classrooms were condemned as unsafe by the education ministry.

Mubaiwa is the wife of Ken Mubaiwa, the president of Dynamos Football Club and the couple’s daughter, Marry Mubaiwa, is married to Chiwenga.

She did not object to being introduced as the next MP something which left many in no doubt that it was indeed her dream to be the next MP of the area.

Mrs Mubaiwa also pledged to pay school fees for 10 underprivileged children.

Mnangagwa Donates Chickens to Female Journalists In Empowerment Drive

The First Lady  Auxillia Mnangagwa yesterday promised to donate chickens to the female journalists as a way of empowering them.

According to state-owned Herald , Mnangagwa met female journalists at State House to get an appreciation of the challenges they face in executing their duties. She implored the journalists to explore entrepreneurial projects that help develop the country and improve their welfare.

The First Lady urged female journalists and women in general to start income-generating projects to improve their livelihoods.

“With our love as women and mothers, we can make progress,” she said. “There is no project which is small. I am speaking from experience. You might be surprised that I still take part in community projects. Ndiri kutoita maround chaiwo ema$5 nevamwe vangu kumusha. I am the First Lady, but am still a girl from next door because I am female and I am expected to fend for my family and should aim to be successful. If you are to visit my farm, you will be amazed with my work. Ndinotofeeder huku dzangu nemadhadha. I started with a handful, now I am on thousands, so why can’t you also start these kind of projects?”

Mnangagwa Fires 17 Top CIOs Behind Robert Mugabe And Joice Mujuru Meeting

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday fired 17 top State security operatives believed to have facilitated the meeting between former President Robert Mugabe and opposition National People’s Party leader Joice Mujuru in Harare last week.

By Everson Mushava

It is understood that the security agents were reportedly being punished for failing to reveal the intelligence of the meeting before it took place at Mugabe’s Blue Roof mansion in Borrowdale.

According to leaked Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) documents, the top government spooks were served with dismissal letters yesterday.
The letters were signed by new CIO director-general Isaac Moyo and were dated February 5.

Among those fired were director of security Albert Miles Ngulube, Andrew Muzonzini (director external affairs), one Changata (assistant director security), Mugabe’s aide de camp Wonder Nyakurima (provincial intelligence officer – security), Gilbert Mudimu (Mashonaland East provincial intelligence officer [PIO]), one Chinyai (PIO for Mashonaland West), and one Rusere (division intelligence officer for Harare Central).

Also axed were Weeds Mazowe (PIO counter intelligence), Tadzingaira Tachivei (assistant director counter intelligence), Dzingai Nhira (district intelligence officer – counter intelligence) and Kizito Gweshe (deputy director counter intelligence).

The dismissals of the spies followed a similar wholesale crackdown on the Zimbabwe Republic Police three weeks ago that saw Mnangagwa reversing some of the sackings.

Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga is in charge of the Defence, Security and War Veterans portfolio.

Well-placed sources within the intelligence yesterday told NewsDay that only four – Ngulube, Muzonzini, Changata and Nyakurima – of the 17 spies were above 55 years, meaning the rest were not yet due for retirement.

“Chiwenga wants to decimate the current CIO since he believes Mugabe and (former CIO boss Happyton) Bonyongwe still have control of serving officers. While only 17 senior officers have been fired now, the total targeted is 300 and Chiwenga intends to replace them with military intelligence officers,” the sources said.

Muzonzini, Changata and Ngulube were reportedly accused of helping former Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo and former Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere to flee the country during the November military operation that led to Mugabe’s ouster.

This, the source said, was despite reports that Moyo and Kasukuwere’s escapewas negotiated by former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda when the CIO had already been ordered to surrender their operations to the military.

The source added: “The 55-year retirement age cut-off point is not supported by any legislation. It was just an idea that was proffered as part of recommendations to rationalise the civil service, but was never introduced into any statute guiding employment in the civil service.”

The sources said Charles Hwekwete, a former soldier, was reportedly heading a committee appointed by the new CIO director-general to look into the capture of the CIO by Mugabe and the G40 faction.

Hwekwete is former principal staff officer in Chiwenga’s office at the Zimbabwe Defence Forces and was earmarked for promotion to the position of CIO deputy director-general.

Repeated efforts to seek comment from Presidential spokesperson George Charamba were futile as he was not picking calls yesterday.

Jonathan Moyo Releases Chiwenga’s Reasons For Coup, Minutes Of Meeting With Mugabe

Self exiled former Higher Education Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo has released documents that he claims are part of Retired General Constantino Chiwenga reasons for the military intervention in November last year code named Operation Restore Legacy.

Moyo also released a document he said is part of the minutes of a meeting held between Chiwenga and former president Robert Mugabe during the military takeover that resulted in Mugabe’s resignation. Below are Chiwenga’s talking points for

TALKING POINTS FOR CDF’S MEETING

Politicians to stop reckless utterances against the military which are causing alarm and despondency within the rank and file which may result in anarchy thereby threatening peace and security in the country

The Party to afford every Party member a fair and equal chance of being heard or elected and the whole democratic process to be observed from the cell up and no imposition of candidates.

Cease all purging in the Party and Government and reunite the Party by reinstating all previous victims.

Implement the recommendations of the War Veterans Indaba and reintegrate all war veterans into the mainstream of the Party and Government.

The known counterrevolutionary elements who have foment the current instability in the Party be weeded out both in the Party and Government.

Security of tenure of employment as it relates to the provision of the current Constitution of Zimbabwe.

A clear cut road map for succession in the Party including a […] start and going for a new election in 2018

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So in his so-called “inaugural face-to-face meeting” with President Mugabe during the on 16 Nov 2017, General took a one-page with 7 “Talking Points” (REASONS FOR THE ) 6 were about factional politics & one about his security of tenure as . Shame!

Tsvangirai Critically Ill In South Africa, Supporters Told to Brace For The Worst

HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, is critically ill in a South African hospital and his supporters should “brace for the worst”, a party source with knowledge of his condition said on Tuesday.

Tsvangirai has been in and out of hospital since disclosing in June 2016 that he had colon cancer. He returned to a Johannesburg hospital for his latest round of treatment in early January.