United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate in Nairobi gubernatorial contest, Johnson Sakaja’s alleged fake degree case is set to be heard and determined by the High Court today, Monday, 4th July 2022.
According to Justice Anthony Mirima, the case lodged by petitioner Dennis Wahome, through his lawyer, Njoki Mboce, will be determined today.
Dennis Wahome had moved to court seeking the High Court to compel the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) against printing Sakaja’s name on the ballot paper, pending determination of the case challenging his clearance for the Nairobi gubernatorial race.
“The request for conservatory order will affect other parties before they are accorded an opportunity to be heard and given that steps have already been taken for an extradited hearing for this matter hence orders shall not issue at this point,” Justice Mrima said.
According to Wahome, the electoral agency’s Disputes Resolutions Committee ought to have quashed Sakaja’s clearance over forgery allegations of Bachelor of Science in Management (External) degree certificate from Team University.
Sakaja’s academic credentials raised eyebrows following the fact that he had earlier on claimed on various occasions that he graduated from University of Nairobi with an Actuarial Science degree.
However, he presented Team University degree certificate to IEBC for clearance to vie for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat.
The Commission’s Tribunal had dismissed Wahome’s case, noting that it lacked the jurisdiction to authenticate and validate Sakaja’s degree certificate.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has probed into the senator’s academic credentials, directing the Minister for Education and Sports in Uganda, Janet Museveni to investigate the authenticity of the senator’s degree certificate from Team University.
The Commission for University Education (CUE) had directed the electoral commission to revoke Sakaja’s clearance certificate for allegedly failing to present proof of ownership of the degree certificate.
IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati however, refused to revoke the clearance certificate citing that revocation of the clearance certificate can only be directed by the high court.