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Uproar Over Chiyangwa’s New Title

Published: December 23, 2012


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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)

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33 Comments on "Uproar Over Chiyangwa’s New Title"

  1. Mugabe on Mon, 24th Dec 2012 1:17 am 

    Just like his homeboy Gono, another zato idiot with meaningless qualification.

  2. Papa Wemba on Mon, 24th Dec 2012 2:19 am 

    Dr Fidza kikikiki.Yours fidza is different to Dr Morgiza Panyanga Tsvangirais.This 1 is a tru honorary from tru universities to a human rights activist not a thief like you.Eish.

  3. Heyi heyi heyi on Mon, 24th Dec 2012 3:08 am 

    From the so called “university” website: “DOMINICA PROGRAMS St. Linus University (SLU) is duly registered in the Commonwealth of Dominica as an online higher education institution under Dominica SRO No. 65 of 1996. Said law does not require SLU to be accredited in Dominica to issue a degree legally. Hence, SLU is not institutionally accredited by the National Accreditation Board (NAB) Dominica or the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Philippines (save the specific programs mentioned above) because the activities of Dominica-licensed private universities operating wholly outside that country are subject to statutory exemption and are the responsibility of the Registrar of Companies rather than the Ministry of Education as per IBC Act No. 10 of 1996.”
    Ndapedza hangu.

  4. Poor Farmworker on Mon, 24th Dec 2012 4:52 am 

    Why only Dominica Republic had the guts to observe this bandit’s business activities? Ko vana Strive vangasa piwa a string of Doctarates.
    Anyway corruption is also an influencing factor in his wealth Dominicans will learn one or two things out of this bandit’s ways.

  5. Bla Miki on Mon, 24th Dec 2012 7:40 am 

    I am disturbf by the amount of hypocricy all mdc morons are displaying here. Firstly, the editor copied this report from the Sunday Mail online, he copies also all the negative comments which followed the online story and, conveniently leaves out the positive comments and calls this an outcry? Most recently, Morgan Tsvangirai was conferred with an honorary doctorate (law) by a Korean University not even mentioned by name, there was no outcry. The same Tsvangirai went to Australia where he received a Mandela status and there was no outcry. He got knighted in France and still there was no outcry. And now four negative comments are referred to as an outcry? Anyway, editor, l wish you a merry christmas holiday. Am already in Domboshava, roasting meat and downing them fast and furious. I cannot wish you a happy and prosperous New Year because of the events about to happen in Zimbabwe come March. As sellouts yourselves, l don’t think you will be happy with the outcome of the March elections where Zanu Pf will have a landslide victory. Enjoy!

  6. Bla Miki on Mon, 24th Dec 2012 7:42 am 

    Wanted to say ‘disturbed’.

  7. Mukadota on Mon, 24th Dec 2012 8:11 am 

    We get it Bla mikson you wanted to say you are indeed disturbed, there is no need for you to tell us. Whats this obssession with Tsvangson you seem to stalk his every move the most disturbing bit is dude you could be a closet gay without you not knowing it. Anyway Mikson since you are so omnipresent like our creator, roasting meat and downing a few good ole ones in Domboshawa and at the same time showing us your stalking prowess of chematama here on Zimeye I say take it easy bro coz 2013 will be a year you might be out of a profession. Enjoy this whilst it lasts. To all zanoids may I take this opportunity to say merry xmas and a zanoid bashing new year……adios.

  8. Hon Dare on Mon, 24th Dec 2012 8:58 am 

    Doctorate? fraud and the art of swindling and corruption, maybe

  9. Ndumisomlotshwa on Mon, 24th Dec 2012 9:44 am 

    Dont lie to us Blanja,you are roasting your *****s.

  10. kefasi mwanangu on Mon, 24th Dec 2012 10:21 am 

    Money has this thing about magnifying wat u wer b4 u acquired it. If u were a a hard working honest witty business person it will magnify that kana wanga uri dununu ino buritsa zi dununu

  11. Faith on Mon, 24th Dec 2012 10:27 am 

    Kefasi hehehe unondi fungidza Paurosi who also used to call himself ‘mwanangu’ I still think you are the same person haha

  12. kefasi mwanangu on Mon, 24th Dec 2012 10:39 am 

    @Faith kana makungopana ma degree ahh look at the quality of contributions on this forum things have surely changed

  13. Melusi on Mon, 24th Dec 2012 11:31 am 

    As we may not agree with Dr Chiyangwa l feel its not fare to condemn him as he is not the one who applied for doctorate but he was recommended for such a higher honour hence making noise about this will not help but feeds hate and jelouse towards fellow countryman. l think he has tried to work hard in his life and has now also become a committed christian who is helping the needy. l do not agree with him in other things but l try to be just and fare.

  14. Doesntmatter Tongogara on Mon, 24th Dec 2012 12:35 pm 

    mamwe degree nema doctorates ma49% emujeri kikikikiki

  15. Bla Miki on Mon, 24th Dec 2012 12:38 pm 

    Mukadog, l’m doing “braai on the spit”, kaporker karikutenderedzwa pamoto while having some cold ones here in Domboshava. Things are looking very bright for me, Zanu Pf and the rest of all Zimbabweans except you Mukadog who will be busy with laundry, household chores for your masters as well as bathing them. You are lucky there is no gardening to talk about because of snow. Your friend Gaygodzva is busy baking cakes for his baas and misus. Well, the end of mdc is now real. Wish you a painfull and agonising xmas.

  16. Mukadota on Mon, 24th Dec 2012 12:52 pm 

    Bla Miki listen dude not all of us here doing those chores you dearly aspire for you that would be a wet dream come true fo you.

  17. Mukadota on Mon, 24th Dec 2012 1:52 pm 

    I couldn’t care less even if this dude was made Honarary Chancellor of Zimbabwe Open University. Zimeye likes to recycle shyte to ***s on this forum who froth and fart over nonsense. Leave the zanoo retard alone he earned it after all, from being a former BSAP officer to this requires brains LOL.

  18. cde bofuratsikamwana on Mon, 24th Dec 2012 1:58 pm 

    iwe Thandiwe chemayi brother venyu ADAMA ZHOU musingati nyan’anyuri zvedu isu. Regayi tiite celebrate the good things our big PHIDZA achieved through hard-work. zidhara renyu NKOMO raiva dhokota weyiko, wetribalism nhyka? uyahlanya wena *****wakho

    PHIDZA NDIZVO asvotwa ngaapazhe

  19. Mzwangendaba on Mon, 24th Dec 2012 10:31 pm 

    Wena cde bofulomsuzo. Masocoyi kanyoko!

  20. qiniso on Tue, 25th Dec 2012 8:56 am 

    Humble beginnings,my foot.zimali zeAAG abazidla lo Peter Pams

  21. cde bofuratsikamwana on Tue, 25th Dec 2012 11:26 am 

    Ko iwo ma******* awandisa paforumn pano yindaba bafowethu, zvaADAM naTRIBAL JOSH zvakatopera sesipo nokuwacha wenaMZWANGEMUDD. Phidza is living, moving on and getting more richer, he stinks of wealth not HATE.


  22. cde bofuratsikamwana on Tue, 25th Dec 2012 11:28 am 

    MZWANGERUMOURS, mud.d wembuzi zangini

  23. mujibha on Tue, 25th Dec 2012 5:36 pm 

    huu huu huu ndini bla miki huu huuChiyangwa ane mari inonhuwa senyama yehwai plus he is now educated huu huu Iam downing a few nekamari that I got for stalking Chematama. Kanguruve kandirikuganza nezvako ndichigocha aka ndakatengao cheap ne CIO card. Huni dzapera. magetsi aenda. Network hakuna. Viva zanu! Pasi nemadzakutsaku.

  24. Tomas Chiangwa on Tue, 25th Dec 2012 6:51 pm 

    I won’t recognized the new title Mr Chiyangwa.which charity organization he sponsor or the name of his foundation where he serves the community?

  25. doto on Tue, 25th Dec 2012 7:09 pm 

    another effort by those who are trying to open the gates into the looting of resources of zimbabwe,all these domini what what want is somebody who is bold enough to use him as an entry point into zimbabwe then they decided to offer the most capable expert in economic espionage and thievery so dont worry aid is like aids our beloved rich man will find out one day that he will be used as a puppet to loot from zim.beware of these chameleons ,there is now a new scramble for zim

  26. cde bofuratsikamwana on Tue, 25th Dec 2012 7:43 pm 

    iwe THOMAS CHINGWA wadiniko kubvunza iye big PHIDZA akupire kuti kune mhuri dziri kurarama under his ticket izvozvi nhy nhy. chiiko kungo doubter doubter even uchinzwa d..u..zv..i?

  27. cde bofuratsikamwana on Tue, 25th Dec 2012 7:54 pm 

    @doto PHIDZA is a property mogul even beyond the boundaries of HARARE. Lets agree as a real estate guru, his expertise have been acknowledged in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Now then tsvina yehuku do u evn kno the global loc of this holiday resort? PHIDZA did invest in real estate in the RPUBLIC for very obvious reasons, FOOD FOR THOUGHT?????

  28. Gringo on Wed, 26th Dec 2012 10:22 pm 

    Hey pips dont fuss. Iye munhu angatopembedza recognition yekaonline university like ZOU. ende kwakari kwacho you wonder kuti ndezveshuwa here kuti kanonyatsoexista. Investigations will show you kuti kaprivate online university. Pamwe Phidza ndiye akakatanga then conferred kadoctorate kasina basa on himself. Dr Chiyangwa, my aaarrsse!!!

  29. Dr. on Mon, 31st Dec 2012 7:54 am 

    Makundwaka. The most you can do is to write rubbish. What is the point of going to University when you can do better than those with the most education. What makes more sense doing your own things and succeed than studying/cramming others’ books then accorded a doctor. Congrats Doctor. Ignore them, they will come to work for you

  30. Sharpstone g on Sun, 6th Jan 2013 5:14 pm 

    Chiyangwa i dhara i actually admire him , ma jerasi ndeeyi vamwe mukaita mari ina chiyangwa tinotokunanzvayi zve. He has done well for himself and his family. His business acumem is world class , when people argue they should profer pure bankable facts, surely while you rubbish dr chiyangwa , he is banking millions everyday, hence the honorary doctrate degree

  31. mukwambo on Sat, 12th Jan 2013 11:21 am 

    This about one set of con-artists honouring another crook. Type out “St Linus University” in Google and you will be amazed how many times the listed links will return blanks. It was only after typing out “St Linus University Scam” that I got somewhere. Zimbabwe is habouring criminals calling themselves a University. Click in the Link below to see the scam report for this so-called St Linus University:


  32. mukwambo on Sat, 12th Jan 2013 11:42 am 

    Many “St Linus University” links return blanks or error messages because they have probably been shut down by the scam’s operators or by law-enforcement agents after the operators have swindled moneys from those who are gullible enough to try and buy degree certificates from them. After several trials I found a link that is currently active. It displays the pictures of what they call their “e-staff” but if you click on them there is just the picture but not even the name of the person or their field of expertise. The pics were probably stolen from Facebook or from other internet places; I don’t think the people with the displayed pics are even aware that they “work” for St Linus. On the “Research” link there is a stupid number formula or formulas of something and nothing else. Zimbabwe yazopindwa nembavha manje. Tava kudyiwa chipfuto style – from inside.

  33. Cetris on Wed, 16th Jan 2013 2:44 pm 

    No such university exists in Dominica. The degree is well dodgy & his threat of a lawsuit is empty. This case is not any different from the bogus University run by Mr Jeffrey Wooller & Mr Hardeep Singh Sandhu called “Irish International University (IIU).” Those behind it claimed it was registered in Republic of Ireland (which is false) but graduation ceremonies were conducted in the University towns of Oxford and Cambridge as smoke screen especially to international students who would not know any different. *****//

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