Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja’s fake degree drama has taken a new twist after the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) linked him to an international criminal syndicate.
Nation reported that the Senator was facing arrest on Thursday night, June 16 after the DCI claimed that officials from Team University in Uganda are suspects in an international organised crime syndicate.
Sakaja had presented a degree from Team University in Uganda for clearance to run for the Nairobi County gubernatorial seat.
DCI boss George Kinoti vowed to involve international agencies in investigating the institution which he said was involved in academic fraud.
“We will not surrender our capital city to frauds. We will involve all international agencies in investigating and prosecuting anyone involved in academic fraud,” Kinoti said.
The fake degree drama has caught the attention of top education officials in Uganda after Education minister Janet Museveni demanded Sakaja’s admission letter, date of admission, proof of payment of tuition fees, and proof of coursework done.
Sakaja claimed that Commission for University Education (CUE) chair Prof Chacha Nyaigotti-Chacha was intimidated by President Uhuru Kenyatta to declare his certificate null and void.
The Nairobi Senator claimed that of all institutions approached and intimidated by the Head of State, only CUE has succumbed to the intimidations.
“It is also instructive that the letter by CUE has been written and signed by the chairman on the CEO’s letterhead! We are also aware that the commission did not meet to make this decision and it was done by the Chairman under duress
“A day earlier, the CUE Chief Executive Officer replied to an inquiry by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, affirming the authenticity of my credentials and confirming that I am qualified to run for office,” Sakaja added.
He added that following his clearance to contest for Nairobi governor seat, Uhuru sent officials from the Kenyan High Commission in Uganda to intimidate staff at Team University.
“They have sent officials from the Kenyan High Commission in Uganda to intimidate Team University staff as well as that country’s National Council for Higher Education
The university has remained firm and refused to be intimidated. So has the Council for Higher Education in Uganda,” he claimed.
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