Nairobi — Kampala University now says that Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho's degree is authentic, contrary to claims by the National Council for Higher Education of Uganda.
Speaking during a press conference in Nairobi on Sunday, the institution's Vice Chancellor Badru Kateregga said no authority in Uganda other than the university is vested with the mandate to recall its degrees.
He pointed out that as far as the Kampala University Senate is concerned, the degree awarded to Joho is genuine and it will neither revoke nor cancel it.
"This is a very bright student and that is why he managed to get a Second Upper class where others jumped with lowers and passes. The same was genuinely awarded and Kampala University Senate cannot and will not recall, cancel or revoke an award it deems valid," he said.
"We wish to correct the distortions and falsehoods peddled thus far, by categorically stating that absolutely nobody and no authority in Uganda is vested or clothed with the legal power and mandate to recall or cancel or revoke Hassan Ali Joho's degree apart from Kampala University's Senate."
He stated that other suggestions that any other body has revoked or is about to recall or cancel Joho's degree is idle talk and stated that should be ignored.
He further observed that the resolution by the National Council for Higher Education is illegal and a court order has already been issued stopping it from implementing its resolution on the degree.
"We have a court order stopping the National Council from doing what it wants to do. We wish to be on record that the Council for Higher Education for clearly sinister motives, rushed to pass a resolution premising itself on nothing but an illegal CID report," he stated.
"We wish to be on record that we have taken the necessary legal measures to protect our rights and to quash the above said excesses and abuse of the law and we shall not be deterred or derailed in our resolve."
The Uganda National Council of Higher Education had recommended the withdrawal of the degree awarded to the Mombasa Governor which it said did not meet the required academic standard.
The NCHE ordered an investigation of all bachelor's degrees in Business Administration from Kampala University last year.
The committee started work on April 1 and received documents from the Ugandan immigration department, Kenyan police and the Ugandan Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department.
The committee criticised Kampala University for failing to submit various documents that it requested to verify the degree including Joho's admission letter, copies of prior academic qualifications, and the 2013 graduation handbook.
Documents from Kenya High Court showed that Joho took 42 course units while another document given to the CIID indicated that he took 45 units.
One document gave Joho a GPA of 4.19 and another 4.15.