SERIOUS FORENSIC AUDIT

Set up commission of inquiry to look into fake degrees, Uhuru told

Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi says it should look at documents awarded from 2010

In Summary

•This comes following the controversy surrounding the academic qualifications of some leaders that have now turned into a major debate. 

•Wandayi said should Uhuru proceed to form the inquiry, it should be headed by a High Court judge and anybody of that calibre to dig deep into the matter.

Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi.
Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi.
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President Uhuru Kenyatta has been called upon to set up a commission of inquiry to delve into the matter of the awards of Degree certificates before he leaves office.

This comes following the controversy surrounding the academic qualifications of some leaders that have now turned into a major debate. 

Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi said the commission should look at degrees awarded from 2010, the same year the requirement for degree certificates for certain political offices was established.

Wandayi said should Uhuru proceed to form the inquiry, it should be headed by a High Court judge and anybody of that calibre to dig deep into the matter.

“We have current investigations looking at specific cases, but these inquiries can look at it holistically and get to the root of the problem,” he said.

He said they appreciate Uhuru for taking measures to curb exam cheating.

The MP said the President can further deal with this new menace.

“I suggest that for officers who hold public offices, there is a need to undertake a serious forensic audit of the degree certificate they have used to ascend to the positions or get appointed to the positions,” he said.

“We have no time, we need to move with speed and deal with this matter to bring sanity to our education system at the university and college level.”

Speaking to the media on Saturday in Kisumu, Wandayi said he hopes DCI is going to act swiftly and complete the investigation expediently to bring to book whoever is culpable regardless of their position and political affiliations.

He took issues with Deputy President Willaim Ruto’s recent remarks castigating some of the institutions that provide oversight over degree or college certification especially the Commission on University Education.

Wandayi said the DP must keep off the work of these institutions.

“Looking at the manner he spoke, he can be construed to be trying to influence the manner of these investigations or be trying to intimidate them and the officers in charge. That is not acceptable,” he said.

Wandayi said those being investigated come from different political divides and no one is being targeted.

“I don’t know why he is so apprehensive, you know the guilty are afraid,” he said.

 

Edited by Kiilu Damaris

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