by Staff Reporter
- Sources close to the Minister lift the lid
- ‘I am educated now and I can run the country’, he told a gathering in South Africa
- Chiwenga on numerous occasions failed courses at Staff College and attempted a suicide in the 1980s
- Shot himself and hospitalised after illegally obtaining course briefing at Staff college in 80s.
- Shocked many by attainment of Master’s Degree in International Relations and winning the book prize in 2011
Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantine Chiwenga’s recently awarded PhD in Ethics from University Of KwaZulu Natal’s College Of Humanities has raised a stink, with sources close to the Minister pointing that Information Minister Prof Jonathan Moyo had a big hand in the writing of the thesis, theZimbabwenewslive.com can reveal.
Moyo was a professor of political science before he entered politics.
According to UKZN, Chiwenga’s PhD was the culmination of his freedom fighting experiences and the questions that arose thereafter resulting in his thesis entitled, “The Predominance of an Ethic of Double Standards in the United Nations Security Council Humanitarian Intervention Missions: A Critical study based on the Ethical theories of Mutual Aid and Equal Recognition”.
Chiwenga told UKZN that balancing national duties and research demands of the study was a key challenge but through his supportive family and friends, he succeeded and is appreciative of their significant support. It is believed that Moyo was more than supportive and wrote chucks of the thesis for his friend.
Jonathan Moyo lives in the same road and neighbourhood of Helensvale in Harare as General Chiwenga and they are reported to be very close.
The source who spoke to this paper on anonymity said, “Chiwenga worships Jonathan Moyo because Moyo is helped him with the PhD thesis. In fact, it isn’t far-fetched that Moyo wrote the thesis on Chiwenga’s behalf.”
“It’s an open secret that Moyo assisted the General in writing the thesis, which is why the General is in awe of Moyo and feels hugely indebted to him”, said another Zimpapers senior staffer close to Moyo.
“Chiwenga’s story of failure of the Basic Officers course at the Zimbabwe Staff College and his attempted suicide is well known in the military and it is the reason why he fell out with the late General Mujuru because Mujuru didn’t want him promoted and Mugabe took advantage of that and promoted him to feed his rivalry with Mujuru”, said a former ZNA military officer.
In the early 1980s General Chiwenga was exposed for bribing a junior officer into giving him solutions for a practical Intermediate Staff Course. It is alleged the he accepted a green coded paper with suggested solutions which are available only after the exam. Chiwenga was expelled from the course after refusing to name the Major who had given him the paper. He then went on to shoot himself through a shoulder in an attempt on his life and was admitted at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare.
When asked for a comment on who was Chiwenga’s supervisor and whether the electronic copy of the thesis will be on the internet or whether there was external examination and an oral exam to defend his thesis, the UKZN registrar referred all the questions to Director of College Professional Services in Humanities is Mr Kishore Gobardan, who had not responded at the time of writing.
Chiwenga reportedly told a gathering that he was ready to rule since he was now educated. Senior politicians in Zimbabwe have, of late, been obsessed with attaining higher academic degrees. There was controversy last year when the First Lady Grace Mugabe was awarded a PhD by the University of Zimbabwe in shady circumstances. Education and a higher academic degree are seen as providing validation for promotion to higher political office. Chiwenga also dumped his old wife and married a young, former model and critics say all this is in preparation for higher office.