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Sakaja degree saga: Politician said he only attended university in Kenya

by Amos Khaemba

On Monday, June 6, Johnson Sakaja was cleared by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to contest for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat despite the controversy around his degree certificate.

While seeking the node from IEBC, the incumbent Nairobi senator presented a copy of a degree certificate from a Ugandan Institution, Team University, which indicated that he graduated in 2016.

The certificate that has since gone viral indicated that Sakaja graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Management(External).

As Kenyans on social media were doubting the authenticity of the papers presented to IEBC by the youthful politician, a video clip has emerged where the UDA politician said he only attended university in Kenya.

In a Youtube video uploaded by singer Nyashinski, on September 22, 2020, Sakaja said he has never pursued education out of the country.

When the singer asked Sakaja about his higher education after high school, he categorically said that all his education has been local.

“Mimi sijawahi toka Kenya in terms of education. Education yangu yote like hapa. (I have never pursued education out of Kenya. I pursued all my education here in Kenya.” Sakaja said.

Kenyans on social media are wondering how Sakaja could have graduated from a Ugandan Institution when he is on record saying he has never schooled outside the country.

While ascertaining his papers, the Commission of University Education said it was informed that Sakaja attended online classes.

However, new information indicates that the senator’s name is missing from a booklet for graduates for that particular year.

In his previous interviews, Sakaja has often claimed he graduated with a degree in actuarial science, from the University of Nairobi.

In a recent interview with a local TV station, the senator was unable to name any of his classmates who could collaborate on his side of the story.

But UON insists that the senator is still a student and has not completed the course meaning he has never graduated from the institution.

“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,” UON director of communications John Orindi told Nation.

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