“I will be on the Ballot on 9th Aug” says Sakaja
Nairobi Senator and aspiring Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has claimed that President Uhuru Kenyatta is using his influence in Kenya and Uganda to frustrate his August gubernatorial bid.
Sakaja has been under public scrutiny after a complaint was filed against him at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) tribunal for allegedly not having the required educational qualifications.
Hell broke loose for Sakaja on Wednesday when the Commission for University Education (CUE) revoked the recognition of his Bachelor of Science in Management Degree from Team University pending further investigations.
In a statement through his social media platforms, Sakaja dismissed the revocation stating it as null and void and politically instigated by president Uhuru Kenyatta.
“I will be on the Ballot on 9th Aug 2022. We will not be cowed by the threats, coercion and intimidation by President Uhuru Kenyatta and the State,” said Sakaja
“The chairman, Prof Chacha Nyaigotti Chacha, has been coerced and intimidated by President Uhuru Kenyatta to illegally revoke recognition of accreditation that has been properly issued,” said Sakaja.
The senator vowed that his degree is credible and claimed that CUE had already authenticated his documents as he was being cleared to run for office but did not provide any evidence to support his claims.
“I presented my qualifications to the CUE for recognition. The commission conducted due diligence by first writing to their counterpart in Uganda, National Council for Higher Education, which in turn wrote to the university. The commission confirmed the authenticity of the qualification from Team University through the National Council for Higher Education and thus recognized my qualifications.”
Sakaja further maintained that he is still in the race for City Hall’s top seat, writing; that I will be on the Ballot on 9th Aug 2022. We will not be cowed by the threats, coercion and intimidation”
On June 7, the IEBC gave him a nod to contest for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat despite widespread reports that he does not have a university degree; which is a requirement for gubernatorial candidates.
The petition on his university qualifications is awaiting determination by IEBC’s Dispute Resolution Committee which will determine whether he will be on the Ballot or not