President Mnangagwa honoured with Doctor of Politics and International Relations degree (Honoris Causa)
In recognition of his selflessness and sterling service to the nation, Great Zimbabwe University on Friday, 12 October 2018, conferred on His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe and Chancellor of Great Zimbabwe University, Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa an Honorary Doctor of Politics and International Relations (Honoris Causa) at the University’s 12th Graduation Ceremony.
Accepting the award, President Mnangagwa said he was humbled by the recognition from the University.
“I am honoured and humbled to receive this Honorary Doctor of Politics and International Relations Honoris Causa conferred on me, by the Great Zimbabwe University; being aware that this is the highest recognition that a University can award an individual,” said the President and Chancellor.
He said that his past and future contribution to Zimbabwe was never for personal acclaim or accolades: “Ours was for the love of our country and motivated by the desire to see a better quality of life of all the people of this great land”. In a citation accompanying the conferment of the honorary doctorate to the President, the Chairman of ZIMCHE Professor Emeritus Ngwabi Bhebe said the President deserved recognition for the role he played in shaping the country’s history.
Prof said President Mnangagwa overcame many challenges in his struggle to create a free and just Zimbabwe after colonial rule.
“His Excellency more than deserves this highest honour and distinction that Great Zimbabwe University bestows upon one in recognition of an individual’s striking and unparalleled achievement or contribution to society,” he said.
“Such illustrious and distinguished individuals come rarely in any society and we are fortunate to have one in the person of Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa.”
Prof Bhebe said President Mnangagwa defied his humble background and rose to become a towering figure in the history of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle after being among a cast of the first group of young people to skip the country’s borders and undergo military training to confront the settler regime.
Prof Bhebe said President Mnangagwa showed his political skills when he successfully superintended over the integration of warring armies, namely ZANLA, ZIPRA and Rhodesian forces, to create one unified army that developed to become the envy of Africa and beyond.
he added that the President Mnangagwa deserved to be honoured as a fierce opponent of the death penalty, a stance that saw him refraining from signing death sentences when he was Minister of Justice. President Mnangagwa escaped the gallows during the Rhodesian era after bombing a train in 1965.
President Mnangagwa is a tolerant leader, who kept his cool despite being publicly tormented by his detractors before he eventually assumed the presidency, added Prof Bhebe.
‘”Once in power, His Excellency set about ending Zimbabwe’s isolation and re-inventing our politics, placing the economy at the heart of our national narrative with the mantra ”Zimbabwe is open of business’. He committed his Government to eliminating all forms of corruption and to re-engage the West and the rest of the world in an effort to achieve national economic recovery,” he said.
Prof Bhebe said President Mnangagwa showed the world that he was a leader with rare fortitude after promising free and fair elections and kept the promise by leading the country to arguably the most peaceful polls in post-independent Zimbabwe on July 30. He said President Mnangagwa also showed bold leadership by appointing a Commission of Inquiry to probe the infamous August 1 violence.