On Wednesday, June 29, the Commission of University Education, for the second time revoked the recognition of Senator Johnson Sakaja’s degree certificate.
The commission said their investigation had revealed that Sakaja’s degree was not accredited by Uganda’s National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).
Consequently, CUE asked the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to recall Sakaja’s clearance for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat.
But in a letter to CUE on Friday, July 1, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati dismissed the decision by CUE saying it had been overtaken by events.
Chebukati indicated that the youthful politician will be on the ballot papers on August 9 as the Nairobi gubernatorial candidate as the petition challenging his clearance was resolved by the IEBC Dispute Resolution tribunal.
“The totality of the foregoing is that the commission acted within the law and is now functus officio as far as the authenticity of the impugned degree certificate is concerned,” Chairman Wafula Chebukati said in a letter addressed to CUE.
The IEBC chair noted that it is only through a court order that could set aside the judgment of the Dispute Resolution Committee.
In its judgment delivered on June 19, the tribunal ruled that it lacked the jurisdiction to investigate the authenticity of Sakaja’s Bachelor of Science in Management from Team University of Uganda.
On June 29 in a letter to the IEBC, CUE said their investigations had revealed that Uganda’s National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has not authorized the said university to offer the Bachelor of Science in Management (External) which Sakaja claims he studied at Team.
“Failure to submit even the most basic evidence of study and the process of earning a degree inevitably renders the degree certificate submitted insufficient to prove that Sakaja studied either physically or through distance learning and that he holds an academic degree,” CUE said. the judgment.
But even as the IEBC gives Sakaja a sigh of relief, he is still facing a case before the high court regarding the validity of the degree certificate he used to seek clearance.