A debate has ensued on social media, especially Twitter, on whether Azimio One Kenya Alliance presidential candidate Raila Odinga studied at Leipzig University in Germany.
This follows a report on Nation indicating that the former Prime Minister is named among the notable alumni of the top rated university.
Raila is listed as number 41 among other top individuals including former chancellor of Germany, Angela Markell and renown philosopher Fredric Nietzsche.
Further, the university described Raila as a politician, university teacher and a businessperson before listing his political career.
However, the same has sparked reactions across social media with social media users casting doubts on the authenticity of Raila’s academic papers.
Here is what netizens had to say about the story.
Prof . Dr. Ing Montag of Leipzig University was born in 1964. He was the Dean of faculty who signed Raila's welding certificate in 1970. These people have no degree certificates man😂😂
— Manucho (@leongetich) June 16, 2022
Raila never studied at Leipzig University. Even his own campaign website says he was at the "Herder Institut" in Madgeburg, which Wikipedia calls a Non-University cultural center. It has never given Degrees and never made anyone an Engineer. pic.twitter.com/SDnGLzEJaJ
— David Maina 🇰🇪 (@DavidMMaina) June 16, 2022
When people used to say Raila Odinga didn't graduate I always thought it was a joke but this Leipzig university story isn't adding up!
— Allium♠️ (@ButterBullet_) June 17, 2022
Stop defending the fake welding engineer.
Raila isn't an Alumni of Leipzig University and if you believe so, share your source of information. https://t.co/6oyAQAeVcZ
— Dancan Ma🍊 (@DanMatunda) June 17, 2022
Nation Media Group says that the Former PM Raila Odinga is listed among the top 100 most notable alumni of Leipzig University. Did NMG get that ranking from the Leipzig University website or https://t.co/LexXQND6pa? Can you please share the university link to its notable alumni?
— Nahashon Kimemia (@NahashonKimemia) June 16, 2022
Share a Leipzig university link, Nation Media does not confer degrees.
If I want to know Makau Mutua, I will go to staff profiles of Buffalo Uni. staff
— Makau F. Muli 🇰🇪 (@MakauWaMuli) June 16, 2022
This tweet from Raila says Prof. Adolf Neubaue was his supervisor… contradictory information has it that Prof. Neubaue joined the Technical University Magdenberg in 1970 as a lecturer…Raila graduated in 1969…even lying requires a bit of brains
Leipzig University pic.twitter.com/1nrS4bcZvg
— LOKI 🇰🇪💛💚💛💚🔰 (@Kelvin_kipla) June 17, 2022
Leipzig University was founded on December 1, 1409 making it among the oldest universities in Europe to offer uninterrupted teaching in the course of its existence.
It also prides itself in being among the pioneer German universities to let women register as guests students.
It has one of the oldest libraries in Germany, established in1543, and three notable museums – Museum of Musical Instruments, Museum of Ancient Egypt, and Museum of Classical Antiquities.
According to Edurank, in terms of alumni prominence, Leipzig University is the 62nd in the world, 20th in Europe and 6th in Germany.
In terms of global ranking, US News ranks it position 350 in Best Global Universities, 151 in Best Global Universities in Europe, and 24 in Best Global Universities in Germany.
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