Top of her class

Isaiah Ncube

GWERU – A Midlands State University (MSU) medical student, Mitchelle Yananiso Mugari was
crowned the best female student and scooped multiple awards during the University of Zimbabwe
graduation ceremony held in Harare recently.
Dr. Mugari won the Elesther Vhunzai Matchaba-Hove Prize for the Best Female student, the Gweru
Specialist Children's Hospital Award of Excellence for the Best student in Pediatrics, and the
Thokozani Mtetwa-Dhliwayo Prize for the Best Graduating student who obtained a Distinction in
Community Medicine.
In an interview with The Times, Dr. Mugari thanked the support from all circles that surrounded her
during the challenging course.
“It is an honour to receive such recognition, and I am indebted to everyone who has been part of my
journey, family, friends, colleagues, my lecturers at MSU and above all God,” said Dr. Mugari.
She encouraged women to stand up and tackle all sorts of obstacles that happen to bind their
dreams to be possible.
“I encourage fellow women to take up space and aim for the stars. They should take up leadership
roles in the society so as to signify their capabilities when it comes to gender and development,” Dr.
Mugari added.
She was among 17 MSU medical students who began their studies in 2017 cohort of Bachelor of
Medicine and Health Sciences.
The group, comprising 12 women and five men, was conferred with degrees by the President and
Chancellor of all State Universities, Dr. Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Five were awarded Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees with Honours and these
are Dr. Leroy Katsande Leeroy, Dr. Mugari, Dr. Nobert Tadiwanashe Mashoko, Dr. Panashe
Mangozhe and Dr. Blessmore Madongorere.

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