'I was a student on distance learning': Sakaja moves to defend university degree in court

'I was a student on distance learning': Sakaja moves to defend university degree in court

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  • Sakaja argues that the decision by CUE was made unfairly and in favour of his political rivals.
  • He adds that the matter revolving around his academic qualification to vie for the Governor race is still under investigation.

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja has moved to court to challenge the decision by the Commission for University Education (CUE) to revoke recognition of his university degree.

Sakaja argues that the decision by CUE was made unfairly and in favour of his political rivals.

The Nairobi Senator adds that the commission’s decision was rushed, adding that the matter revolving around his academic qualification to vie for the Governor race is still under investigations.

Through lawyer Elius Mutuma, Sakaja submits that the decision by CUE to revoke recognition of his degree violates his rights to a fair administrative action and fair hearing.

"The decision by the respondent is anchored in mischief and craft political agenda whose main principal is to eliminate the applicant from the Nairobi City County Gubernatorial election...," reads court papers.

Sakaja wants the court to quash the decision by CUE to revoke recognition of his Bachelor of Science in Management from Team University in Uganda.

Sakaja has attached his degree certificate from Team University and a letter from the Executive Director informing that he enrolled for a Bachelor of Science in Management as a student in Distance Learning and graduated on October 21, 2016.

CUE on Wednesday revoked the recognition of Sakaja’s Bachelor of Science in Management Degree from Uganda’s Team University, saying it will open a probe into the validity of the papers the Senator presented before the IEBC for clearance to run.

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