Former University of Zimbabwe (UZ) Vice Chancellor, Professor Levi Nyagura’s court hearing has been postponed to 27 September 2019, while former Health and Childcare Minister, Dr David Parirenyatwa’s case has been postponed to Tuesday.

Professor Nyagura, who was charged with criminal abuse of office for conferring former First Lady, Grace Mugabe, a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD), without following proper protocol.

A PhD is the highest university degree that one is honoured after a course of study by universities in most English-speaking countries

Variously, the trial continuation on the case of Dr Parirenyatwa, who is facing charges which emanated during his tenure of office as minister when he is said to have allegedly abused his position, will be held tomorrow (Tuesday).

It is alleged that Dr Parirenyatwa also directed NatPharm Board Chairperson, Dr George Washaya to terminate the contract of Ms Flora Sifeku as Managing Director, showing favour for Mr Newman Madzikwa, who had once been sacked from the pharmaceutical company.

Harare Regional Magistrate, Hosea Mujaya presided over the two cases.

Meanwhile, former Finance Minister, Ignatius Chombo’s application for the release of his passport has been dismissed.

In his application, Chombo had indicated that he wanted to travel to South Africa for medical check-ups.

It is the state’s case that there is no proof that the letters from South Africa are authentic, fearing that the accused could be evading trial.