The dispute over the certification of Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja’s academic credentials took a new turn after a Kenyan non-governmental organization asked investigating agencies to verify the validity of its documents.
In a letter to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI), Youth Advocacy Africa claims that the university degree and copies submitted by Sakaja to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) are incorrect.
The non-governmental organization says the senator’s name was missing from the Team University graduation list on October 21, 2016, when the university held a graduation ceremony.
The group accused the politician, who wants to run for Nairobi governor of the UDA ticket, for colluding with senior staff at Team University to get the fraudulent degree.
“They were illegally incited to give a degree to Sakaja knowing full well that he had never been admitted to the institution, had never taken any exams, had never received his degree and did not have any professional qualifications from the university,” read part of the letter.
The group wants the two investigative agencies to investigate the possibility of a conspiracy between the Council for University Education (CUE) and Sakaja to avoid being investigated for forgery by the CUE.
The group also wrote to the Minister of Education Janet Museveni demanding that the team’s University be forced to revoke the degree awarded to Sakaja on October 21, 2016 and that his office should investigate the university for issuing the certificate illegally.
They would also like to receive an approved copy of the graduate list for graduate graduates on October 21, 2016.
If the Team University insists that Sakaja study there, the NGO will ask Museveni’s Ministry of Education to submit Sakaja’s joining letter and confirmation that he has attended the course, among other documents.
Sakaja in the affidavit called the claim that he did not graduate from Team University without a basis.
He claimed that the complainants had left a page showing his name on a list of graduates from a university in Uganda.