Grace Mugabe with Joice Mujuru on the day she earned a bogus PhD
THE University of Zimbabwe (UZ) has been forced to suspend examinations after students demonstrated over the PhD awarded three years ago to former First Lady Grace Mugabe.
The students not only demanded an explanation from the vice-chancellor Levi Nyagura, but also wanted the degree annulled.
According to Zimbabwe’s Newsday, the university came under intense criticism following Grace’s graduation in 2014 amid claims that the university had been coerced to award her the degree by President Robert Mugabe.
The university has kept her thesis a closely-guarded secret, the newspaper reported.
The revolt by the students came just a day after the ruling Zanu PF sacked both Mugabe and his wife from the party. It also came ahead of the ignominious resignation of Mugabe who had held on to power since 1980.
In a notice to students, authorities said the examinations had been deferred to take place between January 8 to 24, 2018.
Grace was awarded a PhD in sociology three months after enrolment in what critics said was a “jealousy” move to equal then Vice-President Joice Mujuru who was also capped at the same time with her.
Since Mugabe’s fall on 21 November, the whereabouts of Grace has become a matter of conjectures.