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Kenyan Politicians with Questionable Academic Qualifications.

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Kenyan Politicians with Questionable Academic Qualifications.

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A list of Kenyan politicians with questionable academic qualifications.

With less than 54 days to the August 9 polls in Kenya, some bigwigs in the political scene are having a hard time proving the legitimacy of their academic qualifications.

According to Kenya law, a person vying for senator, governor, or Member of Parliament ought to have a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University in Kenya.

There are a number of petitions pending in court regarding the academic qualifications of some politicians.

Here is a list of politicians with questionable academic qualifications;

1.Johnson Sakaja

Senator Sakaja during a campaign tour in the recent past PHOTO;TWITTER

The Nairobi senator is in trouble after several failed attempts at proving his academic qualification.

Recently,the University of Nairobi issued a statement claiming that Sakaja’s transcripts are incomplete as he is yet to complete his course. Sakaja is on record having previously said that he has a bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Nairobi.

Further, Sakaja claimed to have a degree from Teams University. The Commission of University Education has since revoked his IEBC clearance on the basis of being fraudulently obtained.

2.Granton Samboja

Granton Samboja with his supporters after clearance by the IEBC PHOTO;COURTESY

One Mr.Jeremiah Kiwoi has petitioned the IEBC Dispute Resolution Committee to bar Granton Samboja from vying for failing to meet minimum academic qualifications.

The petitioner alleged that the governor had forged the academic papers from Kenyatta University. Kenyatta University has confirmed that the certificates were illegitimate.

The petitioner expressed his dissatisfaction with the IEBC for clearing Samboja despite clear evidence of falsification of academic papers.

3.Raila Odinga

Raila Odinga during the launch of his manifesto at Nyayo Stadium. PHOTO:COURTESY

Despite having been cleared to run for Presidency, some Kenyans are not convinced that Raila meets the minimum education threshold.

While addressing Sakaja’s predicaments UDA allies have questioned Raila’s academic qualification.In an interview with Citizen tv , UDA’s secretary general has called upon the IEBC to re-examine Raila’s papers.

“Questions have also been asked about the credibility of presidential candidates’ qualifications. You have seen a lot of headlines questioning the university that our biggest opponent, Hon. Raila Amolo Odinga, qualified from,” Maina stated

“It is a very big question which needs to be looked at, not through the lens of just one candidate, but a wider public question.”

4.Wavinya Ndeti

Two petitioners filed a suit against the IEBC for clearing Wavinya Ndeti(former Transport Chief Administrative Secretary)to vie for Machakos governor.

The complainants want the IEBC’S clearance revoked citing failure to meet statutory requirements of minimum academic qualification. The two petitioners claim that her certificates are invalid and inconsistent. Further,they claim lack of records showing that she registered in the UK for her studies.

5.Walter Mong’are

IEBC has also revoked Walter Mong’are’s(Nyambane) clearance after obtaining sufficient evidence that proves he lacks a university degree.

He was vying for president on a Umoja Summit Party ticket.

IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati stated that the commission had summoned Walter but had failed to appear. This left the commission with no choice than to revoke the nomination dated June 2.

Chebukati claimed they had gathered new evidence that showed Walter Mong’are lacks a university degree.

6.Jimi Wanjigi

Politicians with questionable academic qualifications.
Safina Party Jimi Wanjigi and his running mate Willis Otieno in Bomas of Kenya PHOTO;WANJIGI

The IEBC turned down the Safina Party presidential contestant for failure to produce original degree certificate

Chebukati noted that Wanjigi presented transcripts from Daystar University whereas they required the original degree certificate.

“You must bring a physical copy of your degree certificate before I clear you, we can also allow you in the remaining hours to harmonize your signatures and come back,” Chebukati said.

7.Oscar Sudi

Member of Parliament for Kapseret Constituency. Recent reports have shown that both his high school and college certificates are fraudulent.

“I also went through the records of students who sat their KCSE in 2006 and had collected their school leaving certificates but could not find his name,” said Maritim. Maritim is former principal Highway school-a school Oscar Sudi alleges to have attended.

8.Ali Hassan Joho

He faced accusations of forging credentials to apply to a degree program at University of Nairobi.

In his defence the governor claimed he had enrolled for a pre-university course in Kampala after having attained D-(MINUS)in Serani Secondary School.

It was in Kampala University that he acquired a certificate in Business administration and a diploma in Human resources.

9.Mithika Linturi

The petitioner said he had forged papers from Marathadwa University which by the time of his enrollment had changed its name to Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwadwa.

The examinations body KNEC also clarified that he had gotten a C- and not a B- as he had alleged.

In May 2018, following a probe by the EACC, he was removed from the graduation list of UoN where he was set to graduate with a law degree.

10.Cleophas Malala

Closing the list of politicians with questionable academic qualifications is Senator Malala. He is contesting for Kakamega County Governor on an ANC ticket.

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