Dr Ben Phiri attains doctorate degree: Chakuamba awarded PhD

President Peter Mutharika’s special aide and ruling DPP field marshal director, Ben Phiri has attained a doctorate degree with the Cyprus International Institute of Texas in United States of America which he received at a colourful commencement ceremony held on Saturday at the Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.

Ben Phiri, has finally attained a doctorate degree which he has been working on for the past years with a US-based Cypress International Institute (CII)

Ben Phiri, has finally attained a doctorate degree which he has been working on for the past years with a US-based Cypress International Institute (CII)

Now to be called Dr Ben Phiri, the President’s aide attained the Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Management.

His thesis was titled; “Law Enforcement and Servant Leadership; Exploring Its Functionality. A Case Study of Organizational Leadership”

Other notable graduands during the same ceremony were former cabinet minister Halima Daud, Rev. Fletcher Zioya, Bishop Patricia Pindeni, MEC Commissioner Rev.  Emmanuel Chimkwita Phiri, musician Wambali Mkandawire and nationalist Rose Chibambo.

Conferred with an honorary PhD at the same ceremony were long-time politician, Gwanda Chakuamba who has impacted lives through his political leadership as cabinet minister and parliamentarian for much of his adult life,.

There was also an honourarly doctorate for musician  Ethel Kamwendo-Banda.

The university – which is based in Texas, USA -also awarded various Diplomas, Bachelors, Masters, PhD and Professorships in Accounting, Theology, Business Administration, Political Science, Pure Sciences, Philosophy and Humanities among other disciplines.

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90 thoughts on “Dr Ben Phiri attains doctorate degree: Chakuamba awarded PhD”

  1. Vin mongu says:

    thom nkalodzwa has just hit the nail on its head. congrats are for people who deserve it and not fake credentials like ben phiris.

  2. Sengo says:

    Google cant find the university

  3. maganizo wa maganizo says:

    IT IS NOT ONLY BEN PHIRI WHO HAS BEEN AWARDED A DEGREE.WAMBALI,ETHEL CHAKWAMBA,ALL WERE ALSO AWARDED.WHY ARE YOU SINGLING OUT BEN PHIRI TO THE EXTENT OF SAYING BAD THINGS ABOUT HIM.IF HE IS A THREAT TO YOU IT IS YOUR PROBLEM.IF YOUR PARENTS DID NOT SEND YOU TO SCHOOL IT IS NONE OF OUR CONCERN.LEAVE HIM ALONE,DO NOT POKE YOUR NOSE INTO HIS AFFAIRS.

  4. The so called Dr. Ben Phiri is using corrupt journalists to inflate him. He is exposed. Fake degree = Fake person. Ben Phiri can not confuse a person like me.

  5. Hahaha very interesting. Hahaha can any Malawian think using a man like Thom Paul Duncan Nkalodzwa hahaha. Hahaha a man with a B.Sc., D.C.M can anyone like Ben think of using him to be supporting a fake qualification like his

  6. It surprises me when i see some people on this forum who do not see anomaly with the qualification of the SO CALLED Dr. BEN PHIRI. Firstly, a University without a website. Secondly, a University following people and awarding them degrees in their country, Thirdly, it seems that others are being used on this forum to support Ben Phiri’s fake qualification and title. Fortunately, and thankfully, i can not be used in such battles. No one can use a man like me, Thom Paul Duncan Nkalodzwa, B.Sc., D.C.M. Please open your eyes and wake up. This is a fake qualification

  7. vinjosi says:

    Only a fool will waste time despising ben for what the degree. It is his for heavens sake. If he bought it im sure he used his money so what the fuss about it? Congrats Dr. Ben Phiri.

  8. Dr. Ben Phiri, Ph.D.(Cyprus Uni,USA) says:

    Pepani amnzanga forgive me ngati ndinakulakwirani. I ask the nation’s forgiveness

  9. john telford says:

    why the congrats?? all you do is turn up . pay the fees and walk out with whatever type of degree or doctorate you can afford. Simple as that no study . no exam nothing just your cash. The newspapers n the USA are full of these ads . they sound good but are rubbish , pure crap as regards being a indication of the persons intelligence

  10. Chigo says:

    Happy for you my friend. Congratulations Dr. B. Phiri

  11. Chimkwita says:

    Congrats sir for attaining a PhD at such tender age.

  12. GRM says:

    I am UNIMA alumni and i used to despise private Universities until i attended one (Exploits). I have since enrolled with MIM/University of Bolton for October courses. Guys? ku sukulu kaya anthu akuinyoza motani umaphunzirako kenakake. Mungochedwa.

  13. CHINGALE says:

    Titles !
    Titles !
    Titles !
    Titles
    Titles !

    I don’t think people need titles :do they? ?
    Look at the Obama s ;Bush s; Blair s ;Mandela s;

    Why so many title s pa Nyasa land but Nothing to point a finger at ??? May God have mercy! !

  14. Ben Phiri says:

    Kodi a Malawi ndinakulakwirani chani? Pepani mundikhululukire ngati ndinakulakwirani. Ine pamodzi ndi brother wanga Martin Nkasala ndikukupemphani kuti mutikhululukire. Sukuluyi, ofcourse singakhale ngati UNIMA koma sikulakwa kuti ine ndiphunzire.

  15. uyuni says:

    Congrats gwanda

  16. Ongeza Kidoko says:

    Congratulations Mr. Prime Minister Dr. Ben Phiri. It is not an easy thing, money or no money!

  17. mgawadere says:

    Ine ndikhale mbuli pankhani imeneyi mpaka DR zomwezi usiru basi kapena munkhani zina monga zokwerana kuchipani koma ikakhala xool mayazi tiyeni tisanamizanepo apa

  18. Tiuanjane says:

    BREAKING; Our young man from Polytechnic has won 3ref award at the youth entrepreunership conf which is just ending now in Nairobi. Sweet news to wipe our wet eyes after the dearth of youthful Nypmdo

  19. Wapota Kita says:

    I never knew this ben phiri guy till recently when some some friends of mine started attacking him through social media. Well my take is that this guy is a complete politician. When his critics were attacking him he took them by surprise when he resigned from his position. Now he has also surprised them by attaining a PhD nobody saw this coming. I wonder what will be his next surprise since it seems he is the man of the moment. Congrats Dr Phiri.

  20. john telford says:

    These credentials are not worth the paper they are written on. Totally unrecognised as the y are bought and sold like bus tickets . Normally they are bought by idiots or Nigerians to impress Malawians

  21. Mapuya says:

    Congrants Dr Ben Phiri

  22. undule says:

    afterall ben has used his own money to pursue his studies i wonder why some people are hating? mwapenga eti? pitatinu ku mental pasavute.

  23. Nyau phee says:

    Doctorate kkkkkkkkk. When you have money it nice to buy academic credentials.

  24. Chizgano Mphande says:

    Celebrate success ya anzanu…You wanted to be you. Hate and jealousy won’t take you far. Congrats Ben. You have done us proud. An example of youth empowering themselves through education

  25. NYAKWAWA says:

    leadership yake ya Pitalayu?

    Mwina tioneko kusintha pano. Kalikonse mukungogulitsa, nkhalango, banki, nyumba, malo kuno ku Mulanje ndi madera ena

  26. Ptricia Kaliati says:

    nde ife chikutikhuza n’chani? iyeyo ndiwoyamba kukhala nayo?

  27. Amalawi mumakhala ndi free time kwabasi. Muzazindikila choncho mzanu ndi president mukakhalila moyo wa pulling each other down wo. Congrats Dr. Ben Kagame Phiri.

  28. chinkombaleza gumanyundo gowa says:

    Give due respect where it deserves. congrants Ben

  29. charlie says:

    Congratulations Friend. Ma haters akagwere uko!

  30. monika zgambo says:

    Yakula apa ndi nsanje agalu inu. Leave Dr. Ben Phiri alone.

  31. Mabulabo says:

    Koma malawians can hate. Why are you behaving as if he is the only who graduated at BICC? There were thousands pf graduands why only ben is being targeted? Njala nthenda nsanje.

  32. Tili Chenene says:

    What a disgrace! Ethel Kamwendo-Banda PhD for what? This university should be a shame. Vanity upon vanity!

  33. Yotam says:

    Congratulations

  34. Mkwapuli says:

    Dr Ben Phiri munthu wankulu

  35. zeze says:

    How about akweni? She also learn to shine out with such good attainments, osati miseche yokha ndi mwano.

  36. Mcp says:

    Ben is intelligent than his bwana and we in mcp wishing u all the best of ur degree of riging vote fake u.s. Rubbish

  37. John says:

    Ben phiri is creating a better future for him self.He can not always depend on politics but he need to be educated.

  38. Likoma Economist says:

    Words fail me! Here is a country, struggling and failing to improve BASIC, I mean BASIC (PRIMARY) education; and at the same time it is busy romantisizing FAKE, WORTHLESS diplomas, degrees etc from a dubious USA University. What message are we sending to the youth who want to attain high quality education?
    This is like quota system which is essentially a weird system that subsidises (and by implication, encourages) laziness and punishes hardwork. And strangely, we believe that we can improve the quality of education in this country!

  39. kawonga says:

    a malawi tulo. Dr ethel kamwendo k k k k k k kuphwekesa maphunzilo basi

  40. Alekeni Banda says:

    Malawi obsessed with Google blah blah blah. Munthu graduation wapangira konkuno, at a function yoti kunali anthu ambirimbiri odziwikanso bwino in society and you still doubt him? Had he gone outside the country and returned with pictures of him in the gown and boater then tikanakaikira.

    Give compliments where it is due, Ben has done a good thing academically. Mind you, he is not begging anyone to call him Dr. For someone who has attained that status after a hectic academic hassle, he is more interested in passing on the knowledge than kulimbana ndi anthu osamufunira zabwino.

  41. Mapenzi Chanda Banda says:

    Studying and attaining a PhD is more of the process not the institution. Fellow Malawians, especially those accusing Dr Phiri here, understand that when one studies for a PhD he is more or less under his own tutelage in pursuit of academic excellence.

    The thesis presented by Dr Ben is probably the first ever and will be used by this and many generations ahead to change and improve how our society works in line with his thesis.

    If you are an academic here you will agree that any doctoral thesis carries with it a new construct that can be used for reference by many students and stakeholders.

    I have seen the thesis myself and it carries with it powerful references and citing from some of the world’s prominent writers, academics and leaders. The citing is also well presented as it follows the Harvard model which is an internationally recognised presentation of a thesis.

    Universities here in Malawi and world over can use this doctoral paper to enhance more research and build new theories around it. That is what academic excellence means.

    Good job Dr Ben Phiri, keep rising

  42. Clifford Lungu says:

    Dr Ben Phiri, that’s the way to go. The sky is the limit. Impart your knowledge to the nation so that we benefit from your academic endeavor as well

  43. Pete Nyandoro says:

    What is Nyasa Time telling us? In their last stories y said Ben Phiri is going to the UK for his Doctorate and now you are saying he has graduated in Lilongwe. Maphunziro a ma Brisitsh siautsirutu ayi. If Kamuzu had not attained a Brisiish qualification he was not going to practise medicine in Malawi or Ghana except konko ku Mehary komweko. We already said it that Ben Phiri is not material for PhD zingavute zingatani koma angofuna dzina. Musiyeni tione ngati angafunsire ntchtio ndi PhD yakeyo. This degree is fake. This same university conferred a doctorate degree to Raph Kasambara some years ago and Kasambara refused to be addressed as Dr. because he knows the university is useless. He went to a renowned University – Notre Dame in Indiana, USA for his master’s degree and Cyprus is a joke for him koma wina ndiye akuti wapeza nkhani. Nyasa Times, try to do proper research of your stories before publishing them to avoid embarrassing yourselves. Your rating for this story is below 10%.

  44. Malani Gondwe says:

    He picked his thesis line well, did extensive research, constructed a paradigm, presented his findings systematically and defended his thesis before a panel of academics. Ndiye wina azimunyoza munthu kuti doctorate yake siyeniyeni? Zoona? Malawi leka nsanje

  45. Hehehehe diploma mill. That university doesn’t exist. The only CII online is in Cyprus, not Texas. Mwayesa ndi AFRICCI ya bushiri eti whose location only he knows

  46. Reckford Mwanza says:

    Congrats Dr Ben Phiri. You have done the nation proud. The youth should emulate your path

  47. Suzzie Sibande says:

    Sometimes Malawians are a funny lot. Why are you busy accusing Dr Ben Phiri when you already see that he has taken a step ahead than you? Why are we so obsessed with accreditation? In the US accreditation varies and for your information many many credible institutions are not accredited simply because some of them deny to include immoral stuff as part of their syllabii. Most Christian-oriented institutions fail to acquire accreditation because they cannot allow let’s say gays or lesbians, or teach strange theories. Ben has been humble and not preaching to everyone that he is reading and researching for a PhD all the past years. Whether you want to call him Dr or not, he still has attained a qualification after successfully defending his thesis. Wanzeru akanangopempha awefenge nawo thesis aphunzire nawo zambiri. Nsanje si umuna

  48. zamose chibambo says:

    Congrats my friend, im sorry i missed your graduation anyway keep it up Dr. Ben Phiri.

  49. kaka says:

    Fellow Malawians let us learn to celebrate others recognition and achievements

  50. Akamuna kuno ku Likoma says:

    Congrats for the deservIng award. Mutiuzileko a president azatione kuno ku Likoma.

  51. mtumbuka1 says:

    This reminds me of fake Nigeria universities which are scattered around the world and they pocket easy money to offer useless degrees to people. Coming all the way from Europe to give you a PhD at your house? Unheard of. Mr. phiri understand you are under pressure to try and land yourself a political position in future hence the off the counter PhD but in a practical world this is a practical joke it actually reminds me of one Grace Mugabe of fucking Zimbabwe.

  52. I can now see Mr Allan Z Ntata being vindicated in all what he was saying. One by one the events are coming to pass. You will cry all haters because he is in the race for the presidency.

  53. lesta says:

    Hahaha,I can’t stop laughing,I didn’t know the title “Dr” is this important until I read this story,hahaha,just go back to school and obtain legitimate doctorate titles are guys that desperate? Ben as young as you are and you fail to enroll for classes to have recognizable Dr title,don’t fear school you guys AAA,kkkkk,its posinke to earn one,not these fake ones,they will just dilute your already hypo concentrated academic reputation,we don’t buy degrees like this,we earn them,kukhala Dr so so so nkokona eti? Hahahahahaha

  54. Mwenitete says:

    I was there at BICC to attend my uncle Rev Njala’s graduation koma there was nothing fake with the college. You mean all the distinguished people could be fooled? Lets learn tp give credit where it is due. Congrats Dr. Ben.

  55. Mwatondeka waka says:

    You fools why are you so obsessed with ben? There were several awardees such as Mte wambali mkandawire, Rosemary Chibambo etc etc why only picking on Ben? You must be sick. Congratulations Ben Kagame Phiri PhD.

  56. Sapitwa says:

    Recently President Obama complained about many Universities in the US that offer qualifications that render recipients unemployable. This is just one of them!

  57. ZINGAYAMBE KUYIWALIKA says:

    KIKIKIKIKI LOL !!!!!!!!!
    OLO KUTI NDINE CHIMUNTHU CHANSANJE MPAKA DR. BEN PHIRI ? DR AUFI ? KIKIKIKIKI .. PHWIIII
    TAONANI ETI MPAKA NDAPWISA

  58. Kamlepo Manley Kikuyu says:

    Mpaka chithunzi kuti diii.Akuti university yi imapanga award ma Diploma, Bachelors degree, Masters degree, Ph.D’s komanso professor. Ndikufuna ndipange apply, ndipeze nane u Professor .Ndithandizeni amene mukudziwa choti ndipange kk.U professor, zopanda mnzeru ndithu. FAKE DEGREES ndithu ndaona. Oyimba awo monga JZ Beyonce and ambiri sakupatsidwa ma honorary Ph.D. and lero akuti inuyo mupatsidwe. Osadabwa iyayi. Zitsiru za anthu.Andlae awo monga Mr Mc Cain, George Bush osawapasa koma Chakuamba, really ???? Is Chakuamba better than these people. Shame

  59. Martha Nyirenda says:

    Welcome Ben to the world of fake degrees. Now you are amongst the following bandwagon of stupid people. Dr. Sud Sulaimana who cheated people that he had a Ph.D in Political Economy, and many more. But we are putting it on record that this is not a true Ph.D. Only MBCTV will be using that title. By the way ???? there is Dr. Benson Tembo there. Where did he get his Ph.D.? Paja anachoka kkkk….namesake Ben versus Ben. I google searched on line and found that the University does not a good visibility. Ikuoneka ngati ka Skyway, Western University of Malawi????…… Koma yeaaa ziliko liko. Diploma mills. Tell cadets to write good posts for you here. May be we are biased nd jealousy as you have been putting it

  60. Andrew says:

    What a joke! Koma Malawi.

  61. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    Ben , you can now have a full ambition to be a president of Malawi after Peter.

    Peter will assist you to rigg elections they way he did for his presidential post.

    In Malawi elections are just games of fooling people.

  62. Critical Eyes says:

    Thanks Ben for this. Eureka for you. Herewith my comments. Honestly I believe you were looking for a mere name that your a Dr. I mean the status symbol. Not future career options. This degree can’t land you in any meaningful employment at all. You have fooled yourself. A Ph.D should be a source of pride even after the graduation is over. In this case, I doubt whether this one will. May be, it may amongst foolish Malawians. Take. that qualification and put it in a serious academic environment and see what it can offer you. I ask you to publish your thesis in a peer reviewed journal and see whether it can be publishable? Even in the local press, I doubt whether it can be publishable.May be you can publish with Likuni Press or Malamulo Publishing House or Montfort etc. Secondly this university is not recognized. Honestly Prof APM knows this and he may play flattery to congratulate and encourage you. But there is nothing special. Your a laughing stork to Malawi and the a academia and of course youself. L???? ???? . To me your Mr. Ben Phiri, the puppet, prostitute etc etc.To hell with your fake a d self inflated title. You have joined other fools like Dr Hudson Mankhwala, Zikhale Ng’oma, Joyce Banda, Shanil Muluzi, Chakuamba, Ethel Kamwendo and many more.Mumangonva Ph.D eti

  63. Souja says:

    A gwanda akufuna ndalama inu mukuwapatsa PHD,Koma zilipo chaka chake nchino,ma title tsopano Dr,ben phiri zaziiiiiiii

  64. James Phiri says:

    Zoseketsa. One can be sick for one year and in bed. Next time you hear she has been given a Degree. How much did you pay.

  65. deadend says:

    This is utter stupidity – which university goes to every country where graduating students originate from to present degrees? These guys needs to be banned from ever coming to Malawi again – is someone is buying them to do this, they shoo;d do their nonsense elsewhere!

  66. Big brain says:

    Ethel PHD KI KI KI KI KI

  67. caze says:

    zautsiru…talembani zina abale…kapena nafe tihonge nyasatimes ilembe zaife

  68. guta says:

    Akatswiri a zamaphunziro aja abwera from Nigeria analinso nawo ku graduation ya bambo Ben Phiri. Zamatchabwada basi!

  69. win says:

    Well done Ben

  70. Martin says:

    Can u pliz leave the guy alone. Go and buy yours if you want.

  71. Ma Degree anali omwe aja a nthawi ya Kamuzu aja

  72. Exon tsukwa says:

    Congratulations mbuya!

  73. Kaidi says:

    Political posturing and by association the dull majority will believe he is educated. zoopsa.

  74. Angenda for change says:

    Atumbuka anthu oyipa inu …if u,add all universities imalawi cant match this.congants Dr Ben Phiri

  75. Bertha says:

    Check title seems repetitive to me……Dr Ben Phiri attains a doctorate degree ….may be Mr phiri attains a doctorate degree

  76. Paul Omaliza Makoka says:

    Kkkkkkkk!! Sindikupanga nawo ine!! Ohooo!!

  77. vitselekwete says:

    “Dr” Ben Phiri???????????????????????????????????????????Degree ya toilet paperyi????????????????
    zauchitsiru basi

  78. Msadane says:

    I Googled universities by the given name as well as the professor quoted. I am finding one Cypress International Bible Institute based in Texas USA that offers bible related qualifications by distance education and provides a list of courses and fees including about $1800 for a PhD and $500 for an honorary doctorate degree. One of the links is http://www.cypressbiblecollege.org. Just wondering if these degrees are linked to this institution. People might want to check it out.

  79. lesta says:

    Kkkkk koma yea,ndafa ndi phwete,I had ambitions to study in the US kona nditawerenga izi,ndagululidwa nkhongono,III kona ya

  80. chigawenga says:

    Cyprus International University is a briefcase university. It has no campus and doctorates are sold for $2000 each. Very cheap. Get yours now. Primary School Certificate is the minimum requirement.

  81. First offender says:

    Congrats mr Ben Phiri,mdima ukachuluka ndiye kuti kukucha. Ntata ukuti bwanji ndinsanje yakoyo?

  82. Jiggolo says:

    Zamanyazi. Dr Ethel Kamwendo. And yet these stupid universities can not confer their mamina doctoratres to Beyonce, Madona etc. Amalawi tanyanya tuloo!

  83. Dr. Zaphweka says:

    hahahahahahahahahahahahaha
    RUBBISH
    Toilet paper imeneyo, yopuputira nsete kkkkkkkk

  84. Joseph says:

    Hahahahhhaha,, doctorate? Lik really? Ok poti Philosophy doesn’t necessarily need you to go to school so… Ok! Good for him.
    Koma does he even know what ” servant leadership is?”. Because he has been doing exactly the opposite in gvt. Koma a Malawi ndiye tinyapo apa ndi DPP iyi.
    My advice to Ben. Atleast goole what servant leadership is all about.

  85. cs says:

    FREE DEGREES AND PHDs FOR GRABS. ITS WONDERFUL

  86. joe khola says:

    madokotala without desertation. zaphweka!!!!!!

  87. Dr. Matamula says:

    Zachamba zeni zeni. First degree anapangila kuti awa. Ndale zonyasa ngati izi sizitipindulira amalawi. Mwayamba kugula ma PhD ngati ku Nigeria

  88. zibwente says:

    Angopeleka kwabuli pamene wina mkalasi osagona

  89. ruth warren says:

    zauchitsiru basi kumangopeleka ma pepala kwa mbuli mpaka musicology a ethel kamwendo mxiiii za nsete basi, mbuli zokhazokha zazitchula apazi ine or kundininkha scholarship sindingaphunzile ku cyprus aaaaaa za mabi basi

  90. captain says:

    Hahahaha koma Ben , hw can u hv a doctorate without the first degree? Kkkk i believe ntata that u ve got presidential ambitions in future.kkkk

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