Kimilili Member of Parliament Didmus Barasa has come out to defend his academic qualifications saying it has no relationship with his leadership skills.
This is after a story published by the People Daily on Monday, May 10, poked holes in the legislator’s Curriculum Vitae.
The article claimed that Barasa’s CV in the National Assembly Portfolio showed that the Jubilee elect MP joined the air force in 2001 a year after completing his high school education at Kimilili Secondary School where he served up to 2007.
However, his portfolio is contradictory as it also indicated that he studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) between 2001-2005.
The vocal Tanga Tanga MP while responding to allegations questioning his academic qualifications and service at the Kenya defense forces rising to the rank of an army captain maintained that he has exemplary record in developmental projects with 16 schools build under his name.
“This particular newspaper that has published my story is owned by President Uhuru Kenyatta. The story appeared on a full page accompanied by my photo,” he said.
Barasa who was speaking in Kimilili Constituency further read malice and politics in the article adding that he contested against the learned in the last general elections and trounced them all.
“When I was campaigning, did I ever tell you that I am a professor or a doctor? When residents of Kimilili went to the 62 polling stations in this constituency, it was not my name alone on the ballot paper but other notable ones that I beat,” Barasa said.
The MP allied to DP Ruto made no attempt to address the discrepancies in his CV at all.
iIt is understood investigations have been launched into the legislators CV to establish if he lied to IEBC prior to his election.