Sakaja Expected To Respond To Degree Queries

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The Independent, Electoral, and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has given Nairobi Senator, Johnson Sakaja up to Monday at 12 noon to respond to claims by 4 petitioners on his academic qualifications.

Four complaints want Sakaja’s nomination revoked on the basis that he lacks a valid university degree.

This is after media reports revealed that Sakaja presented papers from Team University in Uganda to be cleared by the IEBC.

IEBC Dispute Resolution Committee on Sunday granted Sakaja’s lawyer, Adrian Kamotho enough time to come up with evidence to respond to the accusations.

The petitions were merged into one by the IEBC tribunal hence the case is set to be heard on Wednesday, June 15.

Among the petitioners is Dennis Gakuo who wants the Senator locked out of the Nairobi Gubernatorial race for failing to meet constitutional academic requirements.

Gakuo argued that the Senator had filed a form in 2017 alleging that he graduated from the University of Nairobi (UoN). 

Meanwhile, the University of Nairobi (UON) has clarified to the media that the Senator is yet to graduate from the institution.

“It is true Sakaja was admitted to the university and was pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science, studied from the first year up to the fourth year, but is yet to graduate.” stated the university’s communication Director John Orindi.

The controversies surrounding the Senator’s academic qualifications have raised a lot of concerns which he terms propaganda.

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