Another US university strips Mugabe of degree
Another American university has stripped President Robert
Mugabe of his honorary law degree it had conferred on him 22 years ago, accusing
him of 'human rights violations.'
The University of Massachusetts on
Wednesday said the move was the first of its kind in its 145-year
"Rescinding an honorary degree is a step to be taken in only the
rarest and most grievous of circumstances," chairman of the schoolís board of
trustees, Robert Manning, said in a statement. "(President) Robert Mugabe's
performance and policies in Zimbabwe are so egregious as to warrant this
ultimate expression of disapproval."
The university had awarded President
Mugabe with the honorary doctorate of laws degree in October 1986 for his
ìexemplary devotion to social justice.î
At the time, the university's
president, David Knapp, had said President Mugabe's ìgentle firmness in the face
of anger and intellectual approach to matters which inflame the emotions of
othersî were his hallmarks of quiet integrity.
But the school's current
president, Jack Wilson, said the university was compelled to take action because
President Mugabe's 'transgressions' had led the world community to condemn his
governmentís assault on human rights and on the rule of law.
school's current president, Jack Wilson, said the university was compelled to
take action because President Mugabe's 'transgressions' had led the world
community to condemn his governmentís assault on human rights and on the rule of
Last year, Michigan State University also rescinded an honorary law
degree awarded to President Mugabe in 1990 for the same reasons.
Kingdom's Edinburgh University also withdrew a degree awarded in 1984 for
President Mugabe's services to education, also citing human rights
Despite these revocations, President Mugabe still has 10
honorary degrees from various universities in and out of