Lobby now drives Johnson Sakaja drama to Museveni State House

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja. [Esther Jeruto, Standard]

A Kenyan lobby group has written to Uganda’s Minister of Education, Janet Museveni, asking for clarification on the validity of Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja’s university degree.

Mr. Sakaja says he graduated in October 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Management from the Kampala-based university, Team.

The senator was also a Bachelor of Actuarial Science student at the University of Nairobi, but it is unclear whether he completed the course. He joined the university in 2003.

He is aiming for the governorship of Nairobi in the August 9 general election. It is mandatory that anyone applying for the seat hold at least a bachelor’s degree.

A petitioner, Dennis Wahome, has filed a complaint with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Dispute Resolution Committee challenging Mr Sakaja’s permission to run for governor of Nairobi on the UDA, claiming that there is no evidence that he holds a degree.

In his affidavit, however, the senator said those who alleged he had never studied at Team University in Uganda had omitted a page showing his name on the list of graduates.

Youth Advocacy Africa has written to Uganda’s Minister of Education, who is the wife of President Yoweri Museveni, asking him to respond if Sakaja studied in the country and graduated in 2016.

“The degree awarded to Sakaja is not honorary but an academic degree purportedly awarded after the successful completion of coursework and other instructions for the awarding of the same,” the advocacy group said in the letter dated June 14.

“Of [the] information available from immigration services in Kenya, Sakaja has only traveled to Uganda once, that was on 17 October 2014 and the visit was for parliamentary business, not for educational purposes,” the official said. band.

The applicants now want the Minister of Education to compel the Team University to produce Sakaja’s admission letter, tuition payment details, proof that he attended the courses and why his name would have been omitted from the list of graduates, who obtained a bachelor’s degree. in Management on October 21, 2016.

Through their lawyer, Waithaka Ngaruiya, Youth Advocacy Africa told Ms. Museveni: “Our client is confident that your office will treat this matter with the importance and urgency it requires to safeguard the image of the country. Uganda as a country that has traditionally offered education. to many students from the East African Community.