UZ Vice-Chancellor out on bail 

UZ Vice-Chancellor out on bail 

Source: UZ Vice-Chancellor out on bail – Sunday News February 18, 2018

Levi Nyagura

Levi Nyagura

Grace Kaerasora, Harare Bureau
UNIVERSITY of Zimbabwe Vice-Chancellor Professor Levi Nyagura — arrested for allegedly illegally awarding former First Lady Grace Mugabe a PhD — was yesterday granted US$200 bail.

The bail conditions include surrendering his passport, residing at his stated Borrowdale, Harare address and not interfering with State witnesses Professor Rudo Gaidzanwa and Drs Julius Museveni, Watch Ruparanganda and Sadomba. He is expected back in court on 5 March 2018.

Prof Nyagura was charged with abuse of office when he appeared before Harare magistrate Mrs Tilda Mazhande — an allegation he refuted. Through lawyer a Mr Muriri, he challenged his placement on remand, arguing that “the facts alleged, assuming they are correct, do not disclose the offence charged or any competent charge that would arise from provisions of Section 174 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act”.

The Section reads, in part: “If a public officer, in the exercise of his or her functions as such, intentionally does anything that is contrary to or inconsistent with his or her duty as a public officer; or (b) omits to do anything which it is his or her duty as a public officer to do; for the purpose of showing favour or disfavour to any person, he or she shall be guilty of criminal abuse of duty as a public officer and liable to a fine not exceeding level thirteen or imprisonment for a period not exceeding fifteen years or both.”

On Friday, the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission arrested Prof Nyagura for allegedly awarding Mrs Mugabe a PhD without university council and senate committee approval. Mrs Mugabe was supervised by Professor Claude Mararike.

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    Just the first positive move towards tackling criminals who have destroyed and captured our once revered education system. Our education system is ICU due to criminals like Levi. The old idiot deserves to be locked up & rot in jail. One can imagine, instead of apologizing to the whole nation for bring our education system into serious disrepute, by his glaringly scandalous conferment of the PhD degree to Grace, Levi actually has guts to openly brag that he is untouchable, will continue dishing out undeserved degrees, and can even close down the Department & chase all the lecturers from university employment? Who the hell does he take himself to be? is this really not an insult to the whole nation, and more specifically to the new government? nxaaaaaa!