University of Zimbabwe sends Vice chancellor on forced leave over Grace Mugabe's 'fake' PHD

Nyagura was arrested on charges of abuse of office over Grace Mugabe’s PhD.

State-owned Herald newspaper says the decision to suspend Levi Nyagura was made by the university’s council following several hours of "very heated debate."

"A council resolution was taken that the vice chancellor be sent on an indefinite forced leave until the court cases are completed, as they could not let him stay since most of the State witnesses are his subordinates," an unnamed lecturer told the paper.

Nyagura was arrested in mid-February by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC), which is investigating whether a PhD was wrongly awarded to the former first lady in 2014.

Academics at the university had petitioned ZACC to carry out the probe, saying the way in which the doctorate was awarded was "very suspicious".

Nyagura is currently out of custody on bail facing charges of abuse of office.

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