Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho on Wednesday, December 14 graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce, Human Resource option from Gretsa University in Thika.
Governor Joho, who did not attend Gretsa University’s 11th graduation ceremony, got a Second Class honours, Lower Division.
Gretsa University Vice Chancellor (VC) Kibathi Mbugua confirmed to eDaily that the County executive was studying at the institution since 2014 on Distance Learning Programme.
The VC emphasized credibility of the university’s degrees, saying politicians are not awarded with degrees that they did not work for.
An earlier degree in Business Administration from Kampala University was disputed by the resident district commissioner of Kampala Zaina Muwonge, resulting in the degree being declared invalid by the Uganda National Council of Higher Education in May 2014.
Kampala University through its legal advisor John Kabagambe would later come out to clear the name of Ali Hassan Joho, saying the Mombasa county governor had not forged his university certificate as it was earlier alleged.
According to Kampala University’s Kabagambe, the resident district commissioner, a politician, gave misleading information.
Kabagambe added that the matter concerning joho’s academic qualifications was put to rest by a Kenyan court prior to the 2013 general election.
Governors and deputy governors are required to have degrees from universities recognised in Kenya, as a basic requirement to run for elective post.