By Patricia Mashiri
The University of Zimbabwe (UZ) has been praised for producing 20 well-written and produced books which were published in 2017. The Books were authored by lecturers as a way of empowering, motivating, enlightening liberating and developing people intellectually.
The books include A History of the Munyikwa People of Gutu District, Zimbabwe, v1700c.1800 by Dr M Ndakaripa, An overview of the Tourism and Hospitality Indistry in Zimbabwe and the World, by Dr G Ndoda and Cost and Management Accounting by Mr J t Chikondo.
The Reserve Bank Governo, Dr. John Mangundya applauded the University for coming up with well researched and written books which showed commitment within authors and editors.
“I would like to thank the Vice Chancellor, Prof Nyagura, for inviting me to celebrate the launch of the well-researched and written books with you today. Twenty books is no mean achievement.
“When it comes to the body, this University, the University of the Zimbabwe, is unmatched in this country. I am very happy by the results of the home grown body of knowledge presented in the books that have been launched,” Mangudya.
The Governor was impressed by the book titled ‘The Impact of Dollarization on Zimbabwe’ written by Professor A Makochekanwa and Professor C Manyeruke. The book is a documentation of effects of dollarization on the Zimbabwean economy from non-performing loans, foreign direct investment, politics to theology- what writers referred to as ‘Of Praying and Paying’.
Mangudya was thrilled by the hand of the authors as he alluded that well researched papers are critical for any economy, good policy-making and to contribution to the body of knowledge. He opposed people that rely on baseless and unsubstantiated rhetoric that has become fashionable in Zimbabwe.
Levi Nyagura, the UZ Vice Chancellor said the books were a testimony of the hard work and commitment to creating and generating knowledge that is critical to the development of the nation, region and beyond.
“It is incumbent upon us as the oldest and premier institution of higher learning in the country to set pace in the scientific advancement, knowledge creation and generation, and dissemination of information in order to provide solutions to the challenges that face our communities, region and globe.
“The challenge to remain relevant, and to generate life changing research projects and research methodologies cannot be ignored at this point in our evolving history. We are as a nation destined to play second fiddle in all spheres of intellectual, technological and scientific development, Nyagura said.