The Commission for University Education has revoked recognition of the Ugandan degree of Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja.
CUE revoked recognition of Sakaja’s degree from Team University after lengthy battles over its authenticity.
The Commission indicated on Wednesday June 15 that it had received information on the authenticity of the diploma certificate.
Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja speaking to the press at Hermosa Gardens in Karen on Tuesday July 20, 2021.
“The Commission for University Education has received important information about the authenticity of the degree you have submitted from Team University, which will require further investigation to determine the validity of said degree,” the letter reads. of the Commission in Sakaja.
“Accordingly, in accordance with CUE’s recognition procedures, we hereby revoke the recognition of your degree – Bachelor of Science in Management (External) from the aforementioned university.”
The dismissal comes just a day after a lobby group wrote to Uganda’s Minister of Education, Janet Museveni, to compel Team University to produce Sakaja’s admission letter, tuition payment details and proof that he has taken the course.
The NGO further called on the First Lady of Uganda to ask the University to explain why Sakaja’s name would have been omitted from the list of graduates who obtained a bachelor’s degree in management on October 21, 2016.
“Our client is confident that your office will treat this matter with the importance and urgency it requires to safeguard Uganda’s image as a country that has traditionally provided education to many students from the Community of East Africa,” the letter read.
The Sakaja credential saga has sparked a debate over whether the IEBC should do a more stellar job in verifying the academic credentials presented by applicants.
While defending Sakaja, United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party secretary general Veronica Maina said that Sakaja presented his university papers to the party before he was cleared and that they had no doubts about the authenticity of those. this.
Maina hinted that Sakaja was being targeted as she claimed that Azimio’s presidential candidate, Raila Odinga’s academic papers, also raised questions about their legitimacy. She urged the IEBC to reconsider them.
UDA General Secretary Veronica Maina
“Questions have also been asked about the credibility of the qualifications of presidential candidates. You’ve seen plenty of headlines questioning the university that our biggest opponent, the Hon. Raila Amolo Odinga, qualified as,” Maina said.
“It’s a very big question that needs to be looked at, not through the lens of any one candidate, but a larger public question.”
She also added that the alleged 17 degrees of Roots party presidential candidate George Luchiri Wajackoya should also be double-checked to see if they are legit.