Sakaja: President Uhuru behind my degree troubles

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United Democratic Alliance (UDA) gubernatorial candidate for Nairobi Johnson Sakaja is accusing President Uhuru Kenyatta of intimidating and coercing the Commission of University Education (CUE) officials into revoking his bachelor’s degree from Team University, in neighboring Uganda.

Taking to social media hours after CUE boss Prof Chacha Nyaigotti Chacha ‘s statement, Senator Sakaja claimed the Head of State had personally made calls to Uganda and sent officials from the Kenyan High Commission in Uganda to intimidate Team University.

”The chairman, Prof Chacha Nyaigotti Chacha, has been coerced and intimidated by President Uhuru Kenyatta to illegally revoke recognition of accreditation that has been properly issued. On June 6, I presented my qualifications to the CUE for recognition,” Senator Sakaja’s statement reads in part.

”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.”

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”Following this, 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.

”The only institution that has succumbed to this intimidation is the Kenyan CUE. 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,” he said.

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