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.