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Sakaja’s degree revoked

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By Judith Gicobi

Johnson Sakaja, the Nairobi senator, no longer has his Ugandan degree recognized by the Commission for University Education.

After protracted disputes over the validity of Sakaja’s Team University degree, CUE decided not to recognize it. On Wednesday, June 15, the Commission announced that it had learned more about the validity of the degree certificate.

“The Commission for University Education has received material information about the authenticity of the degree you presented from Team University that will require further investigation to ascertain the validity of the said the degree,” read the Commission’s letter to Sakaja.

“Consequently, in accordance with the CUE’s recognition procedures, we hereby revoke the recognition of your degree – Bachelor of Science in Management (External) from the aforementioned university.”

Just a day earlier, a lobbying organization had written to Uganda’s Minister of Education, Janet Museveni, requesting that Team University produce Sakaja’s entrance letter, information regarding his payment of tuition, and proof that he had attended lectures.

The degree drama surrounding Sakaja has sparked discussion about whether the IEBC needs to do better when verifying the credentials of aspirants.

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