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IEBC Clears Senator Sakaja to Vie For Nairobi Governor

by Zablon Ondari
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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Disputes Tribunal Committee has dismissed a complaint challenging Johnson Sakaja’s degree certificate.

In its ruling on Sunday, 19th June the committee said it lacked jurisdiction to determine the authenticity of the certificate.

The tribunal noted that the electoral body doesn’t have the legal mandate to investigate and verify the validity of academic credentials for political aspirants and that such mandate belongs to the Commission for University Education (CUE) and the police.

“Though there are serious aspersions as to the validity of his documents but Sakaja has not been charged in a court of law over allegations of engaging in an offense of having falsified documents,” it said.

“The burden of proof shifted to IEBC to show that the degree certificate from Team University is fake.”

Sakaja’s woes intensified last week when the Commission for University Education (CUE) revoked the recognition of his Bachelor of Science in Management Degree from Uganda’s Team University, saying it will open a probe into the validity of the papers the Senator presented before the IEBC for clearance to run.

CUE had asked the Senator to provide ten documents as proof of enrollment and graduation from Team University.

Sakaja who is to appear before the Commission on Monday, 20th June is required to provide a letter of admission from the university, a valid student ID, transcripts, evidence of course units taken, a graduation booklet with his name on it, and a photo of him in his graduation gown.

He is also required to show receipts of application and tuition fee and submit names of his lecturers during his study period.

With the ruling, Senator Sakaja will be on the ballot vying for the city’s top seat on the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket.

He will be battling it out with Polycarp Igathe who is being backed by the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Speaking after being cleared Sakaja said: “I’m glad that we have been vindicated, we stand qualified, we have the requisite qualifications to run for the office of governor of Nairobi. We are in it to win so that we can transform this great city of ours.”

Earlier, the IEBC tribunal also dismissed a petition challenging the validity of Machakos Governor candidate Wavinya Ndeti’s degree certificate.

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