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Joho should be paid costs,uganda's court orders

27 October 2014, 22:56 Godrey Olukya

The governor of Mombasa, governor Hassan Ali Joho has cause to smile.

Uganda's high court has ordered Uganda's national council of higher education to pay costs to Ali Joho for wrongfully querying his degree.

Mombasa - The court presided over by justice Stephen Musota has quashed a resolution  made by the national council of higher education to have Joho's degree revoked.  

A court in Kenya a few weeks ago also rejected a petition by Silas Otuke ,who was querying Joho's academic qualifications. 
In his judgement, Musota said,''National council of higher education acted illegally and overstepped it's statutory to query Joho's academic credentials.It also failed to give Joho and Kampala university a fair hearing.''

Musota added on that the power to revoke a degree on allegations of fraud is vested in the senate of respective universities.

John Kabagambe,the head of legal department at Kampala university said it was fitting for Joho to be paid costs.

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The vice chancellor of Kampala university,professor Badru Kateregga  said he was happy over the court's ruling.

Kateregga said,''The courts ruling is not only a victory for Kampala university,but also a major milestone for all universities in Uganda.''

He said that Kampala university diplomas and  degrees are genuine and had always wondered why National council of higher education was doubting Joho's academic credential.  

In May this year ,the national council of higher learning had passed a resolution  to quash Joho's degree.

In response,Kampala university filed an application at the High court seeking a judicial review of the resolution.

One of the students leaders at the university,James Kato said that they have always been together  with Joho and their university as the case was proceeding in court.

''We are happy that it is now over in favor of Joho and our university.

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