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Hassan Ali Joho was our student, varsity says

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By CYRUS OMBATI | May 19th 2014
 Kampala University Vice Chancellor Badru Kateregga addresses the Press at a Nairobi hotel yesterday where he said Joho’s certificate is legal. [PHOTO: BEVERLYNE MUSILI/STANDARD]

By CYRUS OMBATI

Mombasa, Kenya: Kampala University has come out to defend Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho’s degree certificate as bona fide, legal and authentic.

Vice Chancellor Badru Kateregga said the degree was genuinely awarded and the Senate cannot revoke an award that it deems, lawful, authentic and genuinely awarded.

“Any statements suggesting that any other body has revoked or is about to recall or cancel Joho’s degree is idle, irresponsible, redundant and should be ignored,” said Prof Kateregga.

Speaking in Nairobi at a press conference, Kateregga said nobody and no authority in Uganda is vested with the legal mandate to recall, cancel or revoke Joho’s degree apart from the institution’s Senate.

Prof Kateregga, also the chairman of the institution’s Senate, said the saga surrounding the degree is political and should be treated so.

“The Senate may deprive any person of a degree, diploma, certificate or other award if after due inquiry it is found that the award was obtained through fraud,” said Kateregga.

He also took issue with a section of Kenyan media that he termed as “amateurish” and lacking “objectivity” in reporting the matter.

He was reacting to reports that the Uganda National Council of Higher Education had said the degree certificate obtained by Joho is a fake.

The council, chaired by Prof Nyeko Pen-Mogi, adopted the recommendations of a sub-committee, which had been asked to investigate how the governor obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the private university.

“There was no clear evidence that academic due process was followed from admission to graduation regarding a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (Human Resource Management option) awarded to Mr Hassan Ali Joho by Kampala University,” the council said in a resolution.

But Kateregga said the resolution is illegal and is already facing legal challenge by the university in a court of law, which has already issued an order stopping dissemination and implementation.

“We wish to be on record that the National Council for Higher Education for clearly sinister motives, rushed to pass a resolution premising itself on nothing but an illegal and impugned CIID report, that was released in defiance and contempt of a court order,” said Kateregga.

 NCHE said that Joho might not have been in Uganda to physically undertake studies, raising doubts about how the university awarded him the degree.

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