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Saturday, 18 June 2016
Deputy president, William Ruto commits an academic blunder
Immediately, the whole of Kenya social media fanfare went wild. Congratulatory messages were flung, from down the countryside Bomet, to Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. His academic qualifications impressed everyone- and the fact that, despite his busy schedule, he is working on his PhD!
I mean, who knew, that Kenya’s Deputy President WillIam Ruto had enough time left in his busy schedule to attend classes for his PhD?
William Ruto congratulates his daughter as she graduated from Daystar University
Far from the blithering. It was Ruto wearing the doctoral gown that has not gone down well with the Kenyan league of academicians who feel that the deputy president, committed an embarrassing academic crime.
Even as the chief guest, it was wrong for the deputy president to don the doctoral gown while he is only a master’s degree holder. To follow protocol, he would have donned a master’s degree gown, because that’s where he stands at the moment.
William Ruto presents his thesis to the direcotrs of Schol of Biological Sciences at the University of Nairobi
It was for this reason that the former president, Daniel Arap Moi, would be awarded an honorary degree by every newly established University before he could preside over their graduation ceremony.
On Tuesday, June 14, 2016, Ruto presented his thesis on ‘The impact of human activities on riparian reserves at Saiwa Swamp, Trans Nzoia County’ to the director of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Nairobi.