Uganda panel wants Joho degree withdrawn

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joho-picThe degree awarded to Mombasa Governor Hassan Ali Joho should be withdrawn, a Ugandan probe team has said.

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National Council for Higher Education in Kampala set up a panel set up to authenticate the degree.

The team has also recommended that an investigation be done on students who graduated at Kampala University on February 28 last year.

“NCHE should carry out an investigation into the processes from admission to graduation of students who graduated with the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree at the university,” the report said.

Asked to comment on the new report seeking withdrawal of Mr Joho’s degree, the politician’s lawyer Denis Mosota, said the matter is still in court and discussing it would be unprofessional.

CLEARED TO CONTEST

The committee was set up after a special meeting of the Accreditation and Quality Assurance Committee of the NCHE.

Mr Joho was accused by political rivals of having allegedly faked his academic credentials before the General Election in Kenya last year.

The certificate from Kampala University showed that he earned a Second Class Upper division degree.

When the High Court in Nairobi cleared Mr Joho to contest, his rivals took the case to a Mombasa court, insisting that the degree was fake.

ASSEMBLE EVIDENCE

In February, a report to the government and NCHE from the Director Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) Grace Akullo said NCHE should analyse the assembled evidence to enable it form an opinion.

She said the Education council should ascertain whether Mr Joho went through the due process to attain a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Kampala University.

She faulted both the NCHE and the university for failing to provide all the required information. However, Mr Joho filed a case in Kampala challenging the authority of the NCHE to withdraw his degree.

Justice Stephen Kavuma of the Constitutional Court issued an interim order on April 22, stopping any proceedings as far as the Joho saga is concerned, pending determination of the case.

On Tuesday, Kampala University VC Badru Katerega told the Daily Monitor that he was going to challenge the recommendations of the Quality Assurance Committee.

Meanwhile, the Executive Director, NCHE, who cleared Mr Joho’s academic papers, has now backtracked on the matter, saying a final decision is yet to be taken by the council’s board.-nation.co.ke

Mombasa Governor Hassan Ali Joho. Photo/FILE

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