Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja has something to smile about after the Commission for University Education (CUE) withdrew the letter revoking his Ugandan Team University degree.

This comes even after the High Court suggested an out-of-court settlement in the matter.

In its response to Sakaja, CUE said it had rescinded its earlier stand albeit the commission clarified that he was not in the clear yet as the probe into his credentials’ authenticity is still ongoing.

CUE chairperson Chacha Nyaigotti said the case filed by Sakaja has no grounds after the recall.

“The substratum of this suit, being the letter dated June 14, 2022, for which review is sought, is hereby withdrawn pending further investigations by the respondent, which investigations are currently ongoing,” Nyaigotti said.

 Chacha Nyaigotti. PHOTO/TWITTER

Nyaigotti also faulted the High Court judge Jairus Ngaah for issuing the orders, saying the judge had powers to entertain the case was still being probed.

He further said Sakaja did not invoke CUE’s internal dispute resolution system before seeking legal redress.

The CUE chair cited Regulation 85 of the Universities Regulations 2014 and pointed out that Sakaja had a 30-day window to approach the commission’s dispute resolution committee.

Sakaja could also appeal the committee’s decision to Education CS George Magoha if he had a grievance with CUE’s decision.

“Regulation 85 of the Universities Regulations 2014, any person aggrieved by an act or decision of the respondent in the exercise of its powers as prescribed and who desires to question that act or decision, is required, within thirty days, to appeal in writing to the Commission in the first instance,” Nyaigotti said.

“If not satisfied with the decision of the Commission, appeal thereafter, to the Cabinet Secretary for the time being responsible for matters related to university education.”

Nyaigotti said the commission has already received numerous complaints alleging that Sakaja presented a forged university degree certificate.

He said it was improper for Sakaja to call upon the court to pre-empt the outcome of the investigations.