Nairobi gubernatorial candidate Johnson Sakaja has urged the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) tribunal to reject the allegation lodged against him about his academic certificates.
Sakaja responded to the complaint by stating that he holds a Bachelor of Science in Management degree from Team University in Uganda.
Additionally, he said that Team University is located in Uganda and is duly recognised by the Republic of Uganda.
“My qualifications and academic credentials are not in doubt having affirmed through a lawful process,” reads the papers
He also denied using the identities mentioned in the lawsuit, claiming that he is not Johnson Koskei Sakaja as stated in the complaint.
“The complaints herein are legally incompetent, fatally defective having been lodged outside the prescribed statutory timeliness,” he stated.
Despite requesting that the tribunal rejected the lawsuit against him, Sakaja claims that the allegations that he did not graduate from Team University are untrue, claiming that there are other pages of his graduation certificate that were deleted.
Dennis Gakuu Wahome sued Sakaja for allegedly not having the appropriate educational qualifications.
The debate about Sakaja’s academic qualifications has taken a new turn, with inconsistencies emerging in what the politician has previously asserted about the university he attended for his undergraduate degree.
A person “nominated as a candidate for election as president, deputy president, county governor, or deputy county governor must be a holder of a degree from a university recognized in Kenya,” according to the Elections Act.
However, on June 6, only one day before presenting his papers to the IEBC, the senator applied to CUE, requesting that the commission investigate the accreditation status of Team University in Uganda, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Management.