Many politicians are finding themselves in a tight corner with regard to their degree certificates which is a key requirement for vying for gubernatorial positions.
According to the constitution of Kenya 2010, one needs to have at least a University degree recognizable in Kenya for them to contest for a gubernatorial seat.
Incase the aspirant received the certificate from a body outside Kenya, the Commission for University Education should authenticate or equate the certificate to Kenyan standards prior to clearance by IEBC.
Recently, Kakamega gubernatorial aspirant, Cleophas Malala, was in the eye of a storm over his degree certificate acquired from United States International University.
To date, it is not yet clear whether or not Malala actually graduated from the institution, considering he could barely remember when he joined the university in this TV interview.
Now another UDA politician, Johnstone Sakaja, has found himself in hot soup after a viral letter allegedly from Nairobi University showed he did not graduate.
In the letter, which looks very fake, Sakaja -who is said to hold a Degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Nairobi- may not have even completed his degree program.
The UoN in an apparent response to the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) seen by Kivymbi.co.ke revealed that Sakaja did not graduate nor did he complete his studies.
“Your letter to Academic Registrar dated Monday, May 30, 2022. The attached copies of the academic transcripts are incomplete and not signed by officers of this university,
“Records available indicate that he (Johnson Sakaja) did not complete his studies. There is no record of graduation,” read the letter in part.
The letter, which was first shared by blogger Robert Alai, a staunch supporter of Raila Odinga and Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition party is alleged to have been written in response to a query from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.
It is however a suspicious letter given only anti- Sakaja and UDA bloggers engaged in pushing it online.
The dates on the letter belong to two different years i.e 2021 and 2022 and hence could as well be a fake document born out of political propaganda against Johnstone Sakaja.
The seemingly fake letter also shows the soft-spoken politician was admitted to the University of Nairobi but dropped out and never resumed his studies.
Sakaja shall be facing Polycarp Igathe who is vying for the same ticket on a Jubilee party ticket- Jubilee falls under the larger Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition party.
This comes barely days after Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala had been the subject of discussion as to whether he graduated from the USIU or not.
On Friday, May 27, the senator Malala shared his academic testimonials to dispel rumors that he failed the exam.
United States International University also came out to dismiss a letter claiming it had declared Malala’s academic testimonials as fake but in the same vein, the institution never confirmed if the outspoken politician studied and graduated there.