Zimbabwe’s anti-corruption watchdog is looking into allegations that the former First Lady Grace Mugabe’s doctorate may have been fraudulently obtained.
Zimbabwean anti-corruption agency is investigating whether the former First Lady Grace Mugabe fraudulently obtained her doctorate.
The validity of Mrs Mugabe’s Phd is under probe following a petition filed last week by Lecturers at the University of Zimbabwe.
According to Zimbabwe Independent, a privately owned newspaper, the academics said they had “no knowledge of her proposal, progress reports, thesis examiners and outcome.”
Local media reports that Mrs Mugabe was awarded the Phd just months after enrolling at university in 2014.
Typically, to be awarded a Phd, the candidate undertakes several years of full time research.
Moreover, three years after her graduation her doctoral thesis has not been made public, breaking with usual practice.
Mrs Mugabe was part of the 3, 274 graduands in the September 2014 ceremony. She was capped by her husband and then-president, who was also the chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe.
Previously, Mrs Mugabe has defended her academic record, the BBC reported.
In September, she told a governing party rally that she had earned her PhD despite her detractors' skepticism.
She had hoped to replace her husband as leader, and president Robert Mugabe even started grooming her for the position. Unsuspectingly, the Mugabe’s stepped on the wrong pin by Mugabe firing the vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, ultimately setting off the bomb.
Days later, the military took control of the country, leading to Mugabe’s resignation and installation of the former deputy as president.
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