UoN Removes Sakaja's Name From Alumni Website

  • Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja
    Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja listens keenly at a past event.
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  • Senator Johnson Sakaja's degree saga has taken a new twist after the University of Nairobi on Tuesday, June 14, edited its website three times before finally dropping his name from the hallowed “notable alumni” list.

    The learning institution was put on the spot after it emerged it had listed Sakaja as an alumnus of the university, Faculty of Science and Technology. UoN edited the details leaving just the fact that the senator had joined the institution from 2013 to 2016.

    When screengrabs of the website went viral on social media Sakaja's details were edited and the university omitted the years of his study.

    An image of the University of Nairobi (UoN) towers in Nairobi County.
    An image of the University of Nairobi (UoN) towers in Nairobi County.

    Later on, the website was edited to, “Sakaja Johnson (born 2 February 1985) is the current Senator of Nairobi County. He joined (the) University of Nairobi."

    Half an hour later, Sakaja's name was removed from the website. 

    UoN did not issue a statement on why the information on the website was edited several times throughout the course of the day.

    The University listing Sakaja as an alumnus ignited the question of why he did not present the institution’s degree certificate.

    The embattled senator's degree woes were made public when the university revealed that the politician did not graduate from the prestigious university. 

    The UoN Communication director, John Orindi, clarified the reports to the media that Sakaja was admitted to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science in 2003 but did not graduate after clearing his four years degree. 

    He referred to a previous statement issued by the university which pointed out that the Senator did not graduate in 2007 as his transcripts were incomplete, contrary to his initial claims in past interviews. 

    University Of Nairobi
    University Of Nairobi

    "It is true Sakaja was admitted to the university and was pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science, studied from the first year up to the fourth year, but is yet to graduate. 

    "The university earlier issued a statement and was clear that the person in question did not complete his studies," Orindi stated.