The Commission for University (CUE) has termed claims that Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja received communication to appear before the body through the press as malicious and false.
In a statement, the commission says they have been waiting for the senator at their offices since 10:00 am but he was no show.
“It‘s now 5.00PM. The Commission for University (CUE) offices are closing down for the day. We have been waiting for Nairobi County Senator Johnson Sakaja Arthur to come to our offices since 10.00am as earlier communicated. Until now he has not shown up.” Said the commission.
Last week on Friday 17th June 2022, CUE invited Sakaja for a meeting that was to be held Monday, 20th June 2022, to provide further information to aid investigations on the authenticity of his degree.
Commission Chairperson Prof Chacha Nyaigotti-Chacha said investigations were ongoing and the Commission has written to Sakaja to provide various documents for perusal.
The Commission for University (CUE) noted that their communication had formally been delivered to Sakaja through various communication means including WhatsApp messages, phone calls, text messages, and through a formal delivery of the letter which was received and dully signed for at the Senate offices in Nairobi.
“Any claim that he received our communication through the press is malicious and false. It is a lie.” Stated the statement.
Adding that: “We hope Sakaja will honour our invitation and provide us with the documents that we require in order for us to consider them during our investigations.”
Sakaja is required to submit his application for the course, letter of admission from the University, evidence of registration including Student ID, credit Accumulation and Transfer system (ATS), course description for the Bachelor of Science in Management (External), course Units taken, transcripts, examinations schedules and a graduation Booklet that has his name on it.
He is should also hand over receipts for application fee, tuition fees, graduation and convocation, names of lecturers that taught him some of the courses, any communication with the university staff (academic and administrative) regarding his course in the university, graduation Photo while wearing the gown and evidence of the requisite credit hours covered.
The Commission for University Education noted that it is the only institution mandated in law to recognize foreign earned degrees in order to allow IEBC to issue them with nomination to run as Governor/Deputy governor or President/Deputy President.
It warned that any other method that an aspirant may want to apply will not stop it from fulfilling its mandate as provided for by the law.
The Commission reiterate that the revocation of the recognition of Sakaja’s purported degree still stands.
The Commission last week said it had initially cleared Sakaja after Team University confirmed he was enrolled for the Bachelor of Science in Management (External) and graduated on 21st October 2016.
“That certificate of recognition was issued to him based on the understanding that the Commission retains the right to revoke recognition of the certificate in the event that it established any reason that makes the award in question ineligible for recognition and/or equation,” Chacha said.
He argued that the Commission received complaints from members of the public and civil society casting doubts on the authenticity of the degree certificate submitted to CUE by Sakaja.