The anti-corruption agency chief Executive Officer (CEO) Twalib Mbarak has claimed that political candidates under investigation over phony degrees make him feel threatened.
According to the Ethic and Anti-Corruption Commission boss, he said that he received threatening telephone calls from political aspirants who are being investigated over fake university degrees.
He asked concerned parties to continue the struggle while exuding confidence that they will put an end to the forgery of academic papers.
“This is where we have reached in this country, we have crooks who are now aggressively fighting the system. You have fake academic papers, and you have the guts to call the CEO of EACC, wewe unanimaliza. (You want to finish me). I have been called,” Mbarak said.
He urged a coordinated effort to stop the trend and predicted that the legal loopholes being used by the suspects will soon be closed further stating the organisation’s commitment to assist the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, to wrap up investigations into all candidates for the various elected seats who had falsified academic qualifications (IEBC).
The topic of academic papers, which are crucial and required for one to pass, was heavily discussed by speakers, particularly for the presidential and gubernatorial positions.
It happens at a time when police are looking into some of the candidates for providing questionable documents.
They include Meru’s Mithika Linturi, Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja, and Wavinya Ndeti, who is running for Machakos gubernatorial seat.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has just started an investigation into the validity of Sakaja’s university degree certificate.
DCI Director George Kinoti announced that the agency had started looking into Sakaja’s credentials but that they had not yet finish
Even though the authenticity of Sakaja’s degree is still a contentious topic, the Nairobi mayoral candidate has blamed his problems on “state apparatus,” including President Uhuru Kenyatta, who he claims is trying to thwart his campaign.
Sakaja has continued to insist that despite the controversies surrounding his educational background, he will be on the ballot for the August governor’s contest.