Students of the University of Zimbabwe on Monday demanded the Vice-Chancellor, Levi Nyagura, to revoke the PhD controversially awarded to Grace Mugabe in 2014, or step down with immediate effect.

The students, who skipped their semester final exams, also said they would not write exams unless President Robert Mugabe leaves office.

UniZim was forced to stop the exams after the students vowed they would not step into exam halls unless their issues had been addressed.

Grace’s thesis has never been made public and, according to university records, she graduated three months after registering for a programme which usually takes three years to complete.

Her husband is the chancellor of all 10 state universities.

Despite being under house arrest, Mugabe presided over the Zimbabwe Open University graduation ceremony in Hatcliffe, Harare, on Friday.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe National Students Union secretary-general, Makomborero Haruzivishe, said on Monday afternoon they had declared a state of emergency at all tertiary institutions following the military’s intervention in the running of the country’s affairs.

“There is confusion now everywhere,” he said.

Meanwhile, As long-suffering Zimbabweans rejoiced over the resignation of President Robert Mugabe after 37 years in charge, one mystery puzzle waiting for decoding was the whereabouts of his wife, Grace, who he married in 1996.

While some reports said the 52-year-old woman, blamed for Mugabe’s downfall had fled to Namibia in the wake of the military rebellion, some others said she had been arrested by the military and was being moved from one detention facility to the other.

Yet, other reports said she was in hiding in her husband’s expansive home in Harare, where Mugabe himself was restricted after the military rebellion.

What was certain was that no one had seen her since last week and she has not also stepped out to disabuse the speculations about her whereabouts.




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Until the military takeover, Grace was plotting to succeed Mugabe as the leader of the country.

Her path to power appeared cleared when her rival, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, was fired two weeks ago by her senile husband. She had in 2014  got rid of Joice Mujuru, another former vice-president in her ambition to rule Zimbabwe.

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