GUCCI GRACE THROWN UNDER THE BUS OVER CONTROVERSIAL PhD
THE ministry of higher and tertiary education has distanced itself from the controversial awarding of a PhD degree to former First Lady Grace Mugabe by the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) vice chancellor Levi Nyagura.
According to NewZimbabwe.com, Grace Mugabe was conferred with a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in September 2014. Acting permanent secretary L Mudyiwa has written to the Attorney General (AG) Prince Machaya complaining about ZACC’s decision to cite the higher education ministry as a complainant in the case.
Mudyiwa’s was tendered in court by Prof Nyagura’s lawyers who are arguing that his docket was not properly compiled.
“The ministry would like to state that it is not aware of the issues and neither was it involved in making any complaints to ZACC or being involved in investigations leading to the accused being arraigned before the court for criminal abuse of office,” Mudyiwa wrote.
The permanent secretary said his ministry was not qualified to comment, make a determination or give an opinion on whether what was done by Prof Nyagura was a criminal offence or not.
He added that the ministry can only come in after finalisation of the case and not as the complainant but as the administrator on policy issues.