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UZ boss never suspended: Minister

By Staff Reporter

HIGHER and Tertiary Education Minister Amon Murwira has dismissed media reports University of Zimbabwe Vice Chancellor Levi Nyagura (pictured) was ever suspended as the top learning institution’s boss.

Nyagura is under fire for awarding then First Lady Grace Mugabe a fraudulent doctorate.

Since President Robert Mugabe’s ouster November last year, the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission has instituted a probe into the matter, leading to Nyagura’s recent arrest.

Nyagura faces abuse of office charges and currently out on a $200 bail.

Newspaper reports indicated recently that the controversial VC was suspended following a probe into his conduct.

It however emerged Nyagura was still reporting for work, contrary to the reports around his said suspension.

Asked why that was the case, Minister Murwira told senators during the upper house’s question time on Thursday that Nyagura was never at any one time suspended by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

“With all due respect, I would say a correct position that we know is that the Chancellor, who is the President, who is the appointing authority of a Vice Chancellor; I am not even the appointing authority myself.

“What we know is that I have never seen a letter on my desk which says the Chancellor has suspended a Vice Chancellor.”

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