Johnson Sakaja, a Nairobi senator and UDA candidate for governor, has seen his chances of succeeding as Nairobi’s next mayor severely hampered after the Commission for University Education (CUE) formally revoked the accreditation of his Team University, Uganda, degree.
After completed its inquiries in both Kenya and Uganda, CUE Chief Executive Officer Mwenda Ntarangwi wrote to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairperson, Wafula Chebukati, stating that the Commission no longer accepts Sakaja’s degree.
The Commission stated that it had received written information indicating that the Nairobi mayoral candidate had never been accepted to the Team’s University, which is located in Kampala, Uganda.
In his statement, Ntarangwi pointed out that when Sakaja declared his interest in the senatorial position in 2017, he omitted to indicate that he attended Team University in Uganda.
Additionally, the University of Nairobi itself revealed that he never completed his degree there.
The Commission added that it has the authority to revoke the recognition of a degree certificate and that it is not responsible for the validity of the certificate or the identity of the certificate holder presented for recognition and/or equation.
“Based on these findings, and in accordance with Section 5 of The Universities Act, 2012, Part XI of The Universities Regulations, The Universities Standards and Guidelines, 2014, and the Standards for Recognition and Equation of Qualifications, as well as the grant of the disclaimer in the certificate of recognition issued, the Commission has come to the irrefutable conclusion that the alleged degree certificate of Bachelor of Science in Management (External) is a fake,” the Commission stated.
The National Council for Higher Education in Uganda and Team University both failed to provide CUE with proof that he had received a Bachelor of Science in Management degree, the organization stated (External).
The senator’s inability to provide the required supporting documentation, according to the commission, instantly established the inadequacy of the degree certificate that was submitted.