Zimbabwe investigates Grace Mugabe’s Phd degree

By: Bisola Bello January 9, 2018
Zimbabwes First Lady Grace Mugabe  addresses party supporters at a  Zanu Pf Rally in  Chinhoyi in this Saturday July 29,  2017 photo. Accused of assualting a woman in a Johannesburg hotel, the wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe  is a fiery character with outsized  political ambitions who describes herself as  the "mother of the nation" and whose dressings - downs of top figures in her husbands governments earnerd her the nickname, "Dr Stop it."(AP  Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwean anti-corruption authorities have opened an investigation into the controversial awarding of a doctorate to Zimbabwe’s former First Lady Grace Mugabe, news agency AFP reports.

Spokesperson for Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission, Phyllis Chikundura, confirmed that there was an ongoing investigation into Mrs Mugabe’s degree.

“We confirm there is such a report and there is such a probe,” she said.

Mrs Mugabe reportedly got the PhD after months of study in 2014.

State-run The Herald newspaper reported at the time that Mrs Mugabe’s dissertation was on the theme of “changing social structure (and) the functions of the family”.

It reported she undertook research on Zimbabwean children’s homes.

Mrs Mugabe was personally capped by her husband and then-president Robert Mugabe, who was also the chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe.

She was praised at the time by other government officials who defended the controversial degree award.

Mrs Mugabe had hoped to replace her husband as leader, but antagonised a faction of the ruling Zanu-PF party which led to a fallout within the party.

The military then stepped in and forced President Mugabe to end his 37 year rule of the southern African country and installing his former deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, as president.

Culled from BBC



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