Nairobi – The Commission for University Education (CUE) has urged Nairobi gubernatorial candidate Johnson Sakaja to honor his invitation to appear before it to provide proof that he does indeed have a degree warning that nothing will hold back its efforts to fulfill its mandate.
This is after the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) gubernatorial aspirant failed to honor his summons while claiming he never received a formal invitation.
“Any other method he wants to apply will not prevent us from fulfilling our mandate as provided by law,” noted CUE President Chacha Nyaigotti.
Nyaigotti claimed that they are the only recognized institution with a mandate to certify foreign degrees before the UDA Nairobi governorship aspirant is cleared.
CUE blasted Sakaja for lying to the public that he had not been formally invited to appear before the commission to present a statutory document to help in the investigation of his bachelor’s degree in management from Team University, Uganda.
“We would like to inform the public that our communication to Honorable Sakaja has been officially delivered to him through various communication methods including WhatsApp messages, phone calls, text messages, official delivery of the letter which has been received and duly signed at the Senate offices in Nairobi,” Nyaigotti said.
The CUE reiterated that the revocation of Sakaja’s degree recognition still stands despite the fact that the IEBC Dispute Resolution Committee confirmed his authorization for appointment.
“The commission would like to reiterate that the revocation of the recognition of his alleged degree is still valid,” said the CUE president.
Sakaja was given a lifeline in his bid to step into City Hall after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) dismissed a complaint against his clearance.
The IEBC Dispute Committee cited the lack of jurisdiction to probe his academic credentials, as the Commission on University Teaching had already validated his degree.
“The returning officer is not obligated to verify the validity of a degree when authorizing a candidate. The IEBC Dispute Resolution Committee does not have jurisdiction to authenticate academic degrees,” reads the decision issued on Sunday.
The committee also argued that the petitioner filed the petition out of time because the returning officer had already cleared the candidate.
Sakaja has attached his graduation from Team University and a letter from the Executive Director advising that he enrolled for a Bachelor of Science in Management as a distance learning student and graduated on October 21, 2016 .
The IEBC made the decision even as the CUE president asked Sakaja to submit a student card, an application letter to join the university, transcripts and a graduation booklet among a set of other requirements on Monday, June 20 at 10:00 a.m.
Nyaigotti maintained that the senator’s academic credentials remain revoked, rejecting validation by CUE Director General Professor Mwenda Ntarangwi.