The upcoming implementation of requirements of section 22 of the Elections Act No.24 of 2011 which requires aspirants for any political seat to have a degree certificate has caused panic among MPs but not one Babu Owino.
Kivumbi.co.ke understands the requirement applies to persons contesting the Presidency, Gubernatorial, Parliamentary (Senate, National Assembly and Woman Representatives), and County Assembly seats.
The law was to take effect in 2013 but was delayed until 2022, apparently to give aspiring politicians and existing ones time to go back to school.
As the implementation of this law gains momentum, many without University degrees MPs are in a panic as they may fail to secure their jobs in the 2022 General Election.
On Friday morning, Embakasi East Member of Parliament, Babu Owino took to social media to brag about his many degree and diploma certificates, even offering to sell to some politicians who do not have a degree certificate
“The introduction of Degree Certificate as a condition to contest for all the positions in 2022 will be a challenge to many,
” As a result, I’m asking anyone without a degree certificate to buy one of my many Degrees.I have 6 Diplomas and 4 Degree certificates at an affordable price,
” Hurry while the stock lasts. Firstclass Honors in Actuarial Science will cost you a leg and an arm plus your liver,” the former University of Nairobi Student leader said through social media.
The new law has had MCAs in particular ranting, arguing it will lock out many aspirants, particularly in marginalized areas of Kenya where education is a luxury.
Deputy President William Ruto and some of his allies have also taken issue with the law arguing that a degree certificate should not be made a requirement for political leadership.
“Only 495,000 Kenyans out of the current population of 52,000,000 have a University degree. This is equal to (495,000÷52,000,000)×100 =0.95% ,
“A law that makes politics the preserve of 0.95% Kenyans is a bad law. Degree holders must be prepared to square off with other mortals (Kenyans),” said former Kakamega senator Boni Khalwale.
Proponents of the law however argue that aspiring and current politicians have themselves to blame as the requirement was set to be effected in the 2013 General Election but was delayed to give them enough time go to back to school and acquire degrees.