Levi Nyagura forced out after 40 years on the job

Suspended University of Zimbabwe (UZ) vice-chancellor Levi Nyagura has been forced to retire on the back of a lengthy court battle in which he is accused of unprocedurally awarding a degree to former first lady Grace Mugabe.

Nyagura denies the charges.

UZ council chairman Anxious Masuka made notice that Nyagura who joined the UZ on April 2 1979 as a lecturer in the Faculty of Education has retired “with effect from 31 March 2019.”

Masuka noted that Nyagura rose through the ranks to become, among other things, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Education (1982-83), chairperson of Department of Curriculum Studies (1986- 1989) Pro Vice Chancellor (1995-2002) and later Vice Chancellor, a post he held for 16 years.

“He was instrumental in establishment of Bindura University of Science and Technology, Chinhoyi University of Technology, Masvingo University College into Great Zimbabwe University among others,” Masuka said, adding:

“We wish Professor Nyagura in his deserved retirement.”

Professor Paul Mapfumo who was appointed acting vice-chancellor on August 16 2018 is set to continue in that capacity until President Emmerson Mnangagwa appoints a substantive Vice-Chancellor.