University of Zimbabwe POLAD’s Wall of Silence

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    University of Zimbabwe POLAD’s Wall of Silence

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    The Secretary

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    Department for Politics and Administration (POLAD)

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    University of Zimbabwe

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    P.O.Box MP167

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    Mount Pleasant

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    Harare

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    Zimbabwe 

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    Dear Sir or Madam,

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    RE: DPhil research proposal, “Towards a new theory – a critical analysis of the militarization of Zimbabwe’s elections (2000 – 2011) and the implications for good governance.”

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    Having exhausted all official channels of communication, I have no option but use an open letter in frustration at the wall of silence by the Department for Politics and Administration regarding my research proposal which I submitted on 7th June 2011 by email. Despite getting feedback relatively well until May, I am not getting a reply to my follow-ups for progress since then. Telephones are not getting through either.

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    As I am about to commemorate the acknowledgement of my application by the Academic Registrar’s office on 12 July 2010 and a departmental assessor recommended ‘that the candidate be allowed to register’, I am justifiably concerned by the delay. It would be a very sad day if academic freedom was under threat at Zimbabwe’s Bastion of Learning.

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    Yours sincerely,

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    Clifford Chitupa Mashiri

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    Click to see – Clifford Chitupa Mashiri’s DPhil research proposal

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