Professor Danwood Chirwa, Dean of Law at Africa’s number one Cape Town University, has started an unapologetic online campaign to expose senior executives in Malawi with fake doctorate degrees (PhD).
The Chancellor College trained law professor started the campaign a week ago when he questioned the authenticity of the doctorate degree of Collins Magalasi, the embattled Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA).
Professor Chirwa, then, turned to George Kainja, the police boss, where he wrote:
“As we name and shame fraudulent PhD holders, let us add the name of one George Kainja to the list. He claims to have a PhD from a non-existent Colombia Commonwealth University. It’s most likely one of those counterfeit universities Gadama creates and discontinues at his whim. How does a country have an Inspector General of police who is a fraud? Get rid of this fraudster and install a credible policeman to lead the police force,” he said.
On Sunday morning, Chirwa has written another cracker asking accountants in the country to explain the authenticity of the doctorate degree of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Malawi (ICAM) CEO.
He wrote: “To you chartered accountants of Malawi: could you provide information on where the CEO of your Institute of Chartered Accountants of Malawi got his PhD? Further questions will follow from the answer you give.”
His submission has, already, sent social media into a frenzy of debates with more and more names coming.
Concurring the same, on Saturday, revered writer and linguist Dr. Ken Lipenga chipped in the debate with a beautifully written article which, using satire and facts, questioned the ‘fetish’ crippling in of acquiring fake PhDs.
“Be warned you lofty intellectual stalwarts at UNIMA, MZUNI and elsewhere: the doctorate is being democratized at last. Or shall we say it has been hijacked as a symbol for the celebration of ostentatiousness?”
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