University VC Summoned Over Questionable Academic Papers

Prof Erastus Njoka Summoned By EACC Over Questionable Academic Credentials
  • Ethics and Anti-Corruption Corruption Corruption (EACC) has summoned Chuka University Vice-Chancellor Prof Erastus Njoka over questionable academic papers he acquired in Russia.

    EACC summoned Prof Njoka to appear before the commission on Wednesday, August 24 over the academic papers he acquired from the Patrice Lumumba People’s Friendship University in Russia.

    The anti-graft body wants the VC to authenticate how he acquired his papers and also validate the legibility of the institution.

    Prof Erastus Njoka Summoned By EACC Over Questionable Academic Credentials
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    According to Prof Njoka’s academic qualifications, he completed his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Agriculture (special Zootechny, animal products production technology) in 1993 at the said Russian institution.

    Prof Njoka also argued in a letter to the agency that he obtained his Masters of Science in Animal Husbandry degree in 1990 at the same institution.

    He further claimed that he did a postgraduate diploma in research in the same university.

    However, EACC wants Prof Njoka to shed more light on how he managed to acquire all his degrees from the same institution.

    The summon comes even as the  Commission for University Education (CUE) gave the VC greenlight to teach the Russian languages at various institutions across the country.

    CUE Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mwenda Ntarangwi defended Chuka VC arguing that the Patrice Lumumba People’s Friendship University is recognised by the Russian Federation and therefore qualifications awarded there are also accepted in Kenya.

    “The commission hereby confirms that the said qualifications are authentic and therefore, duly recognised in Kenya,†read the letter signed by Gilbert Opanga, on behalf of CUE Chief Executive.

    But, EACC has continued to raise questions over the credibility of Prof Njoka’s academics papers. The commission in a bid to verify them, they have been writing to various institutions seeking disclosure of information about the same.

    The anti-commission sent a letter to Egerton University asking their Vice-chancellor to share information and documents on Prof Njoka.

    EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak after presenting a cheque to the Kenya Covid-19 Fund on April 28, 2020.
    EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak after presenting a cheque to the Kenya Covid-19 Fund on April 28, 2020.
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  • Source: KENYAGIST.COM