Zimbabweans have contemptuously dismissed the conferring of an honorary doctorate degree to property magnate and business mogul Mr Philip Chiyangwa by St Linus International University headquartered in the Dominican Republic.
According to state media report, Mr Chiyangwa(pictured-right), who is now officially known as Dr Chiyangwa, was accorded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Business Leadership in recognition of his business acumen and sterling contribution to society.
The doctorate was conferred through the university’s Harare office on December 12.
In its citation, the higher learning institution said: “Whereas in recognition of the invaluable and selfless contributions of the Honoree Philip Chiyangwa in the field of his applied expertise, the university does hereby confer the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Business Leadership (Honoris Causa) with all the rights, privileges and honors thereunto appertaining here and elsewhere.
“In witness, whereof, we have hereunto set our hands and seal this 12th day of December 12, 2012.”
In an interview yesterday, an elated Dr Chiyangwa said he was humbled.
“I am very humbled at receiving this recognition. It has given me scope to reflect on the achievements that I have made starting from my humble beginnings to become the man that I am today,” he said.
“I owe all this success to the strong support I get from my wife and children.”
Dr Chiyangwa said the award should inspire other Zimbabweans to attain greater success.
“My message to Zimbabweans is that they can be anyone and can achieve anything that they seek to achieve.
“I started out as a poor young man from Chegutu, but I have climbed the ladder to become a wealthy businessman because of perseverance. If you persevere you will achieve success one way or the other.”
Chiyangwa’s recognition by outsiders for his achievements has sponteneously generated furious backlash from his fellow countrymen who feel differently to his achievements.
Below are some comment responses from readers following the news article:
Hameno wrote: If you are awarded an HONORARY doctorate in the world of academia, you cannot call yourself Doctor. To do so, shows that you are not aware of the etiquette within academia. Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam in India enarned his doctorate and even as a sitting president, he was referred to President Dr LKalam. Mandela, Mugabe were given Honorary doctorates but never referred to as Doctor.
We really need such jokes especially when we are still mourning our beloved Adam. Timboseka wo! This title yekunzi Dr. should be strictly conferred to those who have done their PhDs. Zvinorwadza izvi vamwe havarari vachiverenga ma books vamwe nekuimba, nekuba, nema dhiri anenge abudirira vonzi ma Doctors. Please the world must find another title and this of Dr be strictly conferred to medical doctors and etc. Ndapota hangu. Anyway congratulations Dr. Chiyangwa. May I repeat people will never notice the difference.
Mimi: Chiyangwa is an unlearned fool, which wife is he talking about? Chiyangwa has two wives and he should tell the truth to the Zimbabwean nation is he is proud of his status. Anogoti “I owe it to my wife and children” and yet he has two wives anorevei kana achidaro. I doubt that this Dominican Republic University is a recognised University anyway, vashaya wekupa Honorary Degree here? Any Zimbabwean can see that the way Chiyangwa poses about his wealth is childish and simply ridiculous, kusadzidza kufa. He should go to adult school.
Dr Doolittle! He who can speak with the animals- he used to be able to speak to all the ‘animals’ in zanu, until he was thrown out of the zoo !
(Additional reporting ZimEye/Sunday Mail)