Nyagura’s case should stay on remand pending

The prosecution yesterday said University of Zimbabwe (UZ) Vice Chancellor Professor Levi Nyagura — accused of illegally awarding former First Lady Grace Mugabe a PhD should remain on remand pending his trial and that his application challenging placement on remand should be dismissed for lack of merit. The prosecutor, Mr Michael Reza, who is dealing with the case, said the State laid sufficient evidence, which led to Nyagura being placed on remand, hence, he should be prosecuted. This was in response to Nyagura’s submission that there was no reasonable suspicion…

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Grace Mugabe’s case collapsing

The State’s case against University of Zimbabwe (UZ) Vice Chancellor Levi Nyagura, accused of corruptly irregularly awarding a PhD degree to wife of ousted president Robert Mugabe, is crumbling. This comes after the Higher Education ministry – cited as the complainant in the matter – said it never lodged a query against Grace Mugabe. According to State papers, the permanent secretary in the Higher Education ministry, one L Mudyiwa, allegedly lodged a complaint against Nyagura, but the office denies, making such a report in a letter addressed to Attorney-General Prince…

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UZ Vice Chancellor reports for duty despite ‘suspension’

UNIVERSITY of Zimbabwe (UZ) council chairman, Buzwani Mothobi has come under fire from other council members, who accused him of defying a resolution to suspend UZ Vice Chancellor Levi Nyagura over former First Lady Grace Mugabe’s contentious doctorate. This came shortly after the High Court nullified a warrant of search and seizure issued against Nyagura. In an email addressed to members of the UZ council, lawyer Thembinkosi Magwaliba said the other council members were worried that Nyagura continued to report for work, in the process jeopardising investigations. “Consequently, the situation…

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Grace Mugabe’s PhD supervisor investigated

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One of the lecturers who supervised Grace Mugabe’s PhD thesis is reportedly being investigated by the Zimbabwe anti-graft agency. According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, University of Zimbabwe (UZ), lecturer Professor, Claude Mararike faced arrest once investigations were concluded. Zimbabwe Anti-corruption commission (ZACC) spokesperson, Phyllis Chikundura confirmed the development. “He (Mararike) is under investigation and he faces arrest once investigations have been completed,” Chikundura was quoted as saying. This came after reports said that the UZ head Levi Nyagura was arrested last Friday over the controversial awarding of the PhD…

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Grace Mugabe ‘innocent beneficiary of a fraudulent academic degree’

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THE Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) has denied its renewed pursuit of University of Zimbabwe (UZ) officials accused of fraudulently awarding former First Lady, Grace a PhD would lead to her eventual arrest. Grace, in 2014 graduated with the top academic accolade and was capped by her husband who, as President, was then Chancellor of the State institution. There were questions over the short time she reportedly completed her research with reports that her thesis was not available in the UZ library. Following Mugabe’s ouster November last year, Zacc denied any…

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