Daniel Nemukuyu Senior Reporter
POLICE Commissioner-General Dr Augustine Chihuri has authored a highly-rated and ground-breaking thesis titled “The History of Policing in Zimbabwe” that earned him a doctorate degree in Policing from Mount Carmel Institute of Business Intelligence.
Dr Chihuri was among 48 graduates, 45 of them undergraduate and three PhDs, who were capped at a colourful ceremony held in Harare at the weekend.
The thesis will be officially launched as a fully-fledged book on September 25 this year.
The book will analyse policing trends from pre-colonial, colonial, to the post-colonial era and it is expected to make a positive impact on regional and global policing.
The Rector for Mount Carmel Institute in Zimbabwe Professor Mufaro Gunduza commended Dr Chihuri for the outstanding and well-written text.
“It was a very beautiful research that he did and it will create an indelible legacy not only to the police force, but to the nation at large,” he said.
“The book is ground-breaking and we do not have anybody that has researched on the area.
“It will make regional impact in our institutions as far as policing is concerned. It was well-written, it is fresh, exciting and covers the gap that has been yawning.”
Mount Carmel is a reputable international institution that is also registered in Zimbabwe with the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development.
It started operating in Zimbabwe in 2011, but was already established in South Africa.
The institution offers certificates, diplomas and Masters degree in Business Intelligence, Economic Intelligence and Strategic Leadership.
In Zimbabwe, Mount Carmel Institute is affiliated to Chinhoyi University of Technology.
It is also an affiliate of the International University of Management in Namibia, Cambridge International College (UK), Walter Sisulu University (South Africa), University of South Africa, World Association for Business Education (New York) and Virtual University of Pakistan.
The other PhD candidates who graduated together with Dr Chihuri were Zimsec officials Dr Timothy Chiuye and Dr Samuel Makore.
Prof Gunduza said Dr Chihuri’s thesis and the general PhD programme were quality assured by external reviewers and affiliate institutions.
“The PhD graduates qualified by publication,” he said. “They researched on a particular topic which culminated into a fully-fledged book.
“The work was quality assured by our external quality assurance partners or institutions like Virtual University, UNISA and World Association for Business Education. When they completed this programme, we were then authorised and recommended to cap the graduates.”
Prof Gunduza said the institute brought business intelligence programmes into Zimbabwe as a survival tactic to counter the illegal economic sanctions that hit hard the economy.
“We brought the institute in 2011 after seeing that the economy was in a dire state,” he said. “The country was impoverished left right and centre with sanctions.
“We needed to bring a discourse of business intelligence so that we could contain the onslaught from Western countries as a survival skill. Business intelligence was much needed here that in South Africa at the time.”