Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja has issued a statement after the Commission for University Education (CUE) revoked his degree.
As earlier reported, CUE chair Prof Chacha Nyaigotti-Chacha said the commission will need to investigate Sakaja’s degree.
In a letter addressed to the Senator, Chacha noted that the commission had received information that Sakaja’s degree needs further investigations.
“CUE has, however, received material information about the authenticity of the degree you presented from Team University that will require further investigation to ascertain the validity of the said degree
“Consequently, in accordance to the CUE recognition procedures, we hereby revoke the recognition of your degree from the aforementioned university,” Nyaigotti-Chacha said.
Now, the Senator claims that Chacha has been intimidated by President Uhuru Kenyatta to declare his certificate null and void.
Sakaja had presented a degree from Team University in Uganda for clearance to run for the Nairobi County gubernatorial seat.
“On June 6, I presented my qualifications to the CUE for recognition. The commission conducted due diligence by first writing to their counterpart in Uganda, National Council for Higher Education, which in turn wrote to the university
“The commission confirmed the authenticity of the qualification from Team University through the National Council for Higher Education and thus recognised my qualifications. These are the documents that the Nairobi County Returning Officer used to clear me as per the law,” Sakaja said in a statement.
Sakaja said 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.
“President Uhuru Kenyatta and the entire State machinery have gone on an intimidation spree against institutions locally and in Uganda to revoke the recognition of my qualifications in a bid to stop me from being the Governor of Nairobi
“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 added.
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.
H.E. Uhuru, your attempts to sneak in your project through intimidation of institutions will not work. The people of Nairobi will decide. We will not be cowed. We will prevail. pic.twitter.com/Mj12rD0Tqj
— Johnson Arthur Sakaja (@SakajaJohnson) June 15, 2022
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