Education is the bedrock of social justice.
In most egalitarian societies Academic credentials and accolades are earned; and stable, prosperous societies are those that offer the most equitable access to quality higher education
Perhaps it is against this background that a section of intellectuals have launched attack on Deputy President William Ruto’s acquisition of a Doctorate Degree in a manner they term as fishy.
Ruto will graduate with a doctorate in plant ecology from the University of Nairobi on December 21 next month, after six years of study.
His name, alongside six others, was approved by the university Senate last Thursday during a session chaired by Vice-chancellor Peter Mbithi and attended by acting Deputy Vice-chancellor, Academic Affairs, Julius Ogeng’o, among others.
This means that the DP, who refers to himself as a hustler, will be referred to as Dr William Ruto.
His thesis is titled “Influence of human activities on land use changes on environmental quality of riparian ecosystems: A case study of Saiwa Swamp watershed, Western Kenya”.
— David Ndii (@DavidNdii) November 29, 2018
Mr Ruto’s project was approved in August 2012, and he submitted his thesis in September this year. He did his oral examination on October 2, and his report was approved the following day.
But Economist Dr. David Ndii claims Ruto’s allegedly fraudulently acquired PhD will make news all over the world, and hurt the already battered reputation of Kenyan degrees.
Prof Makau Mutua has also blasted Universities over dishing out fake degrees to senior politicians.
Universities must stop dishing out FAKE and UNEARNED degrees to senior politicians. Let’s remember what happened to Grace once Mugabe fell — she was stripped of her PHONY doctorate @DavidNdii @WMutunga @ahmednasirlaw @DonaldBKipkorir @KoinangeJeff @MarthaKarua @johngithongo
— Prof Makau Mutua (@makaumutua) November 29, 2018
Ndii says UON reputation is already damaged by fraudulent research degrees.
“I have personal experience and have written about it before. Ruto’s is on par with Grace Mugabe’s UZim PhD which has since been withdrawn, Vice Chancellor fired”.
Their demurral stems from the fact that the DP has not published any paper, participated in departmental graduate seminars, or presented, even attended an academic conference.
“Why did he not take advantage of his position to speak at international policy fora on wetlands?” Ndii asked.
Apparently, Ruto’s PhD supervisor was appointed Chairman of Moi University Council, his name having been put forth by his ‘student’ during the period he supervised the student’s research.
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