CUE Makes U-turn on Sakaja Degree

  • Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja at a past campaign tour in Nairobi County.
    Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja at a past campaign tour in Nairobi County.
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  • The Commission for University Education (CUE) has withdrawn its initial letter which revoked Senator Johnson Sakaja's degree to pave way for investigations. 

    The announcement by CUE comes after Sakaja's legal team filed a contempt of court petition, against the Commission's boss, Prof Chacha Nyaigoti-Chacha.

    In court documents, Sakaja also sought for the arrest of CUE boss. 

    Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja at the Milimani Law Courts where he before the IEBC Dispute Tribunal Committee on June 15, 2022
    Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja at the Milimani Law Courts where he before the IEBC Dispute Tribunal Committee on June 15, 2022
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    "On the even date, June 17, 2022, at 7:00 p.m, the Contemnor herein one, Prof. Chacha Nyaigoti-Chacha, who is the Chairman of the Board of the Respondent, went live on all major National Televisions and other media fora wherein he issued a press statement whose contents were a mockery and contemptuous of the Court’s orders earlier served upon the Respondent,"

    "That later, on June 20, 2022, at around 5:00 p.m. the Contemnor again released a signed press statement to all media houses, wherein he ostensibly made reference to the Applicant, the orders of status quo ante, and the court process in general," read part of the statement. 

    The CUE boss had announced that they were set to establish the authenticity of the degree from Team University of Uganda.

    He pointed out to the number of complaints received by CUE about the saga, despite Team University being a recognised institution.

    To prove Sakaja's credibility, CUE summoned Sakaja to produce documents to back the validity of the degree certificate.

    The documents included a letter of admission from the university, application for the Bachelor of Science in Management course, student ID card, course units taken, transcripts, graduation booklet with his name on it, and examination schedules among others. 

    The senator however snubbed the summon and instead went to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) offices for questioning over forgery of academic certificates.

    On Monday, June 20, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) tribunal dismissed the petitions filed against the senator, allowing him to vie for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat in the August 9 polls.

    In the ruling, the IEBC Dispute and Resolution argued that it lacked jurisdiction to authenticate academic credentials. 

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    Members of the IEBC Dispute Resolution Committee during a hearing at the Milimani Law Courts on Saturday, June 18, 2022.
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