First lady, VP Mujuru graduate


President Mugabe caps the First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe who graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare yesterday.

Elita Chikwati Senior Reporter
The First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe and Vice President Joice Mujuru yesterday graduated with Doctor of Philosophy Degrees at the 59th University of Zimbabwe graduation ceremony.Amai Mugabe’s thesis was on the changing social structure, the functions of the family and she carried out a case study on children’s homes in Zimbabwe.

VP Mujuru’s thesis was on strategic exploratory entrepreneurship study of sustainable agricultural business.

Her case study was on Mitchel and Mitchel in Mashonaland East and Dotito Irrigation Scheme in Mashonaland Central province.

Amai Mugabe said she chose the topic because she was interested in issues affecting children in Zimbabwe. She runs the Grace Mugabe Children’s Home in Mazowe, where she takes care of orphaned children, some of them living with HIV and AIDS.

The project has been applauded by many Zimbabweans as the structures built at the orphanage are state-of-the-art.

This is a significant departure from the conventional homes for orphans that for long have been kept in some substandard structures.

Amai Mugabe encouraged other people wishing to study to work hard and be principled.

“It requires one to work hard, be principled and I want to say others who may want to take the same road must work hard.  I studied something related to the work I do every day. I wanted to know what happens in the society to the extent of having many children being abandoned.

“With the knowledge, I am able to execute my job because education is the key to success. I felt that I should read about what I do in real life.

“I spend most of my time with the children. I hope this will inspire many people to follow suit,” she said.

Amai Mugabe was accompanied by her children; Bona Chikowore and her husband Simba, Rusell, Robert Junior, Chatunga and sister-in-law Dr Regina Gata.

VP Mujuru said she used to admire other women in business who advanced themselves through education. “This should inspire my children and other women to pursue education and empower themselves.

“It was not easy going to school after independence but I persevered. I am a grandmother, a widow and occupy the second office from the first.

“I have enormous responsibilities but I worked hard,” she said.

VP Mujuru also studied with Chinhoyi University where she graduated with a Masters Degree in Entrepreneurial Development.

At the Women’s University, she graduated with a degree and Masters in Strategic Management.

Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Cde Lazarus Dokora, also graduated with a degree in Philosophy, while Deputy Minister of Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Cde Abigail Damasane graduated with Masters Degree in Public Administration.

MDC-T organising secretary, Mr Nelson Chamisa, Cde Patrick Zhuwawo and Air force of Zimbabwe spokesperson, Squadron leader Simon Mutingwina, were also capped.


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  • ah bo

    Zvokunyorerwa izvi. Hapana chekuyemura. Ongopihwa kunga mafreezits madoctorate acho.

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  • Tarubva

    The UZ has now been reduced to ashes by these graduates! A fine and best university in Africa at independence has been taken over by party hacks, and they are tossing it in the air, dishing out degrees amongst themselves! It is the same even at Makerere in Uganda, a world renowned two decades ago, now a shell under Museveni! Anyway, it is refreshing to note that no “amount” of “degrees” can confer talent where it is absent!

  • Genuine PhD

    he he heeee. ah yah!!! PhD. I am going to look for those dissertations tomboona if they exist and if they really are PhD dissertations.

  • DK

    Why should Dr Mujuru fail to work for her own doctorate when she was brave enough, more than Morgan Tsvangirai to join the liberation struggle as a teenage girl? She has been going to that campus just like Chamisa and Grace Mugabe and UNLIKE MORGAN TSVANGIRAI.

  • L D

    Leading by example. Congratulations madzimai

  • Samero

    Were they expected to do that?
    Remember these are busy people …where do you think they get the time for such mundane issues? Its the new way…Vision 2020.

  • ah bo

    No, no faith in a system which grant a PHD to someone who only completed an undergraduate degree in 2011. When did the first lady then do her Masters, and then PHD? Assuming she did a one-year Masters (reports of which we haven’t heard from people who want to shout their successes – as motivation they tell us) that would take till the end of 2012. Are they then telling us it takes one and half years to complete a PHD? Those are pertinent questions and only an illogical person would accept the genuineness of this PHD. It does not take rocket science to see what is going on here.

    You can only fool some people, not all of us. This cheapens what used to be a great university and compromises its standing.

    • rukudzo

      It is possible to go straight from Bachelors to PHD by research. There are many routes to earn a PHD. So give it to her. She earned it. You and me were sleeping.

  • maiwee

    Grace anoita Doctrate asina kana Alevel?Unotoshaya kuti zvirikufamba sei?
    No wonder Zim degrees are now graded a grade lower by SAQA.If you apply for a SA equivalent uine Honors degree you will be graded to Undergraduate degree,Masters will be graded to Honors degree .Now I understand why they do it