BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,18TH JUNE,2022-The National Police Service (NPS) has now launched a probe to ascertain the genuineness of the academic certificates presented by Nairobi gubernatorial aspirant Johnson Sakaja and his Machakos counterpart Wavinya Ndeti for clearance ahead of the August polls.
This comes following concerns raised in the public domain as well as in and court petitions filed against the two seeking to bar them from vying for the respective seats on the basis that the certificates they presented to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) were not genuine.
Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai has directed Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti to establish the genuineness of these documents and establish whether, or not, there was indeed any crime committed.
“The National Police Service (NPS) has taken cognizance of the ongoing debate in the public domain on allegations touching on the genuineness of university academic certificates and supporting documentation presented to IEBC for clearance by some aspirants for political seats in the forthcoming General Elections,” read a statement by spokesperson Bruno Shioso.
“Owing to the constitutional and legal mandate bestowed upon it, the NPS has commenced criminal investigations into the genuineness of the certificates presented for clearance to the IEBC by two political aspirants, namely Hon Johnson Sakaja and Hon Wavinya Ndeti, both gubernatorial aspirants for Nairobi and Machakos counties respectively, and determine if any offense has been committed.”
Shioso further added: “Consequently, the Inspector General of the NPS has directed the Director, Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to conduct speedy investigations into such authenticity and genuineness of all the certificates, testimonials, and respective documentation presented to IEBC for clearance by the two aforesaid aspirants to logical conclusion.”
CUE on Wednesday last week revoked the recognition of Sakaja’s Bachelor of Science in Management Degree from Uganda’s Team University, saying it will open a probe into the validity of the papers the Senator presented before the IEBC for clearance to run.
The High Court has however since suspended CUE’s decision pending hearing and determination of his case on Sunday.
Judge Jairus Ngaah, in his ruling, also prohibited IEBC from striking Sakaja from its list of candidates cleared to run for the Nairobi Governor’s seat.
CUE on Friday sought at least 10 documents from the sitting Nairobi Senator as confirmation that he attended Team University, before clearing him to vie in the upcoming August elections.
CUE Chairperson Chacha Nyaigotti said the commission had opened a probe into the authenticity of Sakaja’s degree following concerns raised by members of the public.
Some of the documents required from Sakaja include: an application letter for the course he took at the university, his letter of admission, evidence of registration, official transcripts, examination schedules and a graduation booklet with his name on it among other requirements.
Sakaja however slammed the commission over the new conditions alleging discrimination as he said no other candidate cleared by IEBC was asked to submit the exact academic qualifications as him.
According to the legislator, the commission erred in revoking his university degree without completing necessary investigations into the matter, a move he insists is politically motivated.
“The question we are asking is, in this country are you guilty until proven innocent or vice versa? You cannot revoke and then investigate, you investigate and then if you need to, you revoke. When I submitted my documents on June 6, 2022 none of those questions were asked of me but today there are requirements,” said Sakaja in a Friday night presser.
“Can CUE ask each and every other candidate who has been cleared to provide the same? There is no set of law for Sakaja and another set of law for the rest of Kenyans. There cannot be two set of rules in this country. If you demand that from me, demand that from all other candidates.”