Doc anavaya has been a catch phrase musician Patience Namadingo has been using following an alleged reception of an Honorary Doctorate from the University of South Africa (UNISA).
The University says Namadingo is not a doctor- honorary or otherwise from the University and in a hugely embarrassing turn of events so too social media influencer Pemphero Mphande who last weekend took photos with his alleged “Honaris Causa PhD” outside a UNISA building.
The University says the papers they are written on are not theirs and it is up to the two-plus K Motors owner to explain how they landed in fake accolades.
Namadingo got his in 2020 followed by Monsoor and now Pemphero Mphande exposing the Malawian love for fake papers which has seen politicians and ordinary people buy or get fake degrees.
The brief Dr Mphande has issued a statement saying,
I, Pemphero Mphande, would like to address the news circulating on social media regarding the alleged fake honorary Doctorate conferred upon myself and others from Malawi.
Earlier this year, i was contacted by individuals who have been awarding honorary Doctorates on behalf of UNISA and that they felt they could recognise our work. These individuals have previously recognised others at ceremonies held at UNISA campus and other campuses.
I was recognised at a well patronised ceremony alongside other individuals from Zimbabwe, Botswana, Congo, South Africa and Nigeria as per photo below. This ceremony was organised and conducted by the same individuals that have been doing this for years
If UNISA is denying this today, either they are a part of the scam or they too are being scammed. I personally would be happy to work with UNISA to get to the bottom of this. Our team will investigate and would love to meet with officials from UNISA to understand how this has happened under their nose for years.
Pemphero Mphande and others are not scammers, criminals or otherwise. If anything they are victims of a scam that UNISA can explain better. I believe in my work and its impact. It is valid and evident to all.
To this effect, until UNISA can explain how this has been allowed to happen for years, I reserve any further comments on the matter.
UNISA can reach out to me through firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to speak with them and even to meet with them.