University professor Danwood questions Malawi Police chief Kainja’s  PhD

A prominent university professor and a social media influencer has questioned the credibility of the Inspector General of Police George Kainja’s PhD.

Kainja: has PhD from Columbia Commonwealth University.
Professor Danwood Chirwa: Columbia Commonwealth University questionable

Professor Danwood Chirwa says Kainja has a PhD from a non-existent university.

“He claims to have a PhD from a non-existent Columbia Commonwealth University. It’s most likely one of those counterfeit universities Gadama created and discontinues at his whim,” says Chirwa in a face book post.

Chirwa continues: “How does a country have an Inspector General of Police who is a fraud? Get rid of this fraudster and instal a credible policeman to lead the police.”

But Kainja’s daughter says the IG has a credible PhD.

“My dad has always and I mean always vouched for higher education, he inspired us, motivated us and pushed us to go further with education.

“Tell him (Chirwa) to feel free to contact me if he needs his thesis and a copy of his degree from Chancellor College, Masters from Esami and PhD from CCU,” she says.

There was no immediate comment from Kainja himself.

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Nyekhwe
Nyekhwe
10 months ago

Chakweranso ali ndi fake PhD

Chimulirenji
Chimulirenji
10 months ago

This discussion can simply be put to rest is someone, the daughter or the IG himself, makes public their thesis, including the names of supervisors.

Another thing to ponder is that we are told Kainja has served as a SENIOR LECTURER at Mzuni. To my knowledge, such a rank always comes through evidence of publications (regardless of whether one has a PhD or not), yet I cannot find any publications by one George Kainja online.

MZUNI might want to weigh in on this.

GRM
GRM
10 months ago

The so called educated should not bother us. Professor Dead wood you and your given professor tittle by your university, musatinyase. Real educated lawyers havery distinguished themselves in court. Come to Malawi you will see them

Albert Kalengamaliro
Albert Kalengamaliro
10 months ago

I would like to question Professor Danwood’s authority as an assessing agent for academic qualifications. Other than taking oneself to be more educated, it is more appreciated to identify oneself based on one’s contribution to Malawi. It’s not about what you have got, it’s about what you can do for Malawi. Most of us work hard to qualify for degrees, unfortunately sit back after completion of studies to think that the degree alone is going to grow the economy. In reality, one must work even more after graduating, putting theories to practice and adding value to to Malawi’s economy. Even… Read more »

Msadane
Msadane
10 months ago

The issue raised by lawyer Chirwa brings to mind who is to blame when institutions of learning advertise and enrol students who go through a program and are issued with qualifications; then it is found out that the institution is not accredited to offer the particular qualification in the country where it exists. Meanwhile, many students have gone through the courses and been offered various certificates. The question may be, is the student having a fake certificate, or is the institution issuing certificates it is not supposed to be issuing because it is not accredited to offer such a qualification?… Read more »

Guest
Guest
10 months ago

Za ziii, motivators say “mind your business”

Mapwiya Mulupale
Mapwiya Mulupale
10 months ago

Malawians are so obsessed with titles. Even Peter Mutharika himself is not a real Professor. Check his publication track ,he might have been an Assistant Professor at most (which is way below even Associate Professor). Real Professors in America are called Distinguished Professor. Even a bubble head like Gertrude Maseko had the audacity to call herself and answer to the title of Professor, without a first degree that is. It is even more shamefull to the academia when such seemingly educated and enlightened people like Mutharika perform miserably as compared to even supposedly less educated folks. Lets get rid of… Read more »

Mayi
Mayi
10 months ago

Good writing but not true. Assistant professor is a starting position of a professor. After you successfully work for a number if agreed years you apply to become an associate professor . After another agreed number of years you apply again to become a full professor. The number of years to move from one step to another is 5 in average. It is a rigorous process. Professors can be in teaching institutions or research institutions. It depends on school and that’s what determines what a professor will normally do to qualify for what. I am not a professor but I… Read more »

Marx
Marx
10 months ago
Reply to  Mayi

Tiuzeni zambiri za Kahuna, annalise PhD?

Zio ine
Zio ine
10 months ago
Reply to  Mayi

Will these qualifications are nothing but what we need is performance and money. Qualifications are just papers where what you have studied is acknowledged on paper. Some of us are more knowledgeable because of reading and we perform better that these so called holders of qualification and they even come to us for wisdom and direction.

Terni
10 months ago

Abwana musatinamize Peter Mutharika anadya book. Check his publications in esteem journal no any Malawian lawyer has published like him.

Tell Truth To Power.
Tell Truth To Power.
10 months ago

An IG does not need a doctorate. But if Kainja bought his IG than issue of integrity does arise. Malawians need to give up this craze to have doctorate. Kamuzu was a medical doctor and rightly referred to as Dr. But the false prophet Bakili Muluzi started this craze of conferring Doctorate on himself, on Chihana, on Chiluba etc. So Bingu had to match and buy his doctorate from a US based non existent US university. Bingu was a fraudster. And APM a professor at a mediocre university USA.

Bandawe
Bandawe
10 months ago

Concentrate on Kainja, the fraudster. He can’t be an IG with a FAKE PhD in his hands because he is worse than a thief.

political commentator
10 months ago
Reply to  Bandawe

Its not true that his Phd is fake untill proven – even Danwood is NOT sure about what he is saying.

Chimwene wa Anabanda ku Joni
Chimwene wa Anabanda ku Joni
10 months ago

The problem with our education system is the too many colleges that operate like open markets. Credibility is the issue

Zamkutu
Zamkutu
10 months ago

The issue is not really whether CCU is a genuine university or not. The issue for Danwood Chirwa is that he will not be happy until Malawi has a northern led Govt. Anyone who has followed his posts from the beginning would know that this is the issue closest to Danwood’s heart. There is a number of northerners with CCU PhD’s, but Prof Chirwa does not have any problems with them. The head of the accountants body as well as a number of top Govt officials hold “PhD’s” from this same university. We should instead pay attention to a person’s… Read more »

Mbite
Mbite
10 months ago
Reply to  Zamkutu

Imeneyi nde ndi dull reasoning apatu, check his status attacking the CEO of ICAM, when people loses arguments, they resort to tribal rants, even DPP tried this mantra, they still failed, if someone can this good English on public but to reason very shallow on tribal rantings like this,then it explains why Malawi is the poorest country in the world

Bandawe
Bandawe
10 months ago
Reply to  Zamkutu

We can’t have a fraudster as an IG. Kainja should resign.

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