Presidential campaigns in Kenya have sparked huge efforts as two big guns battle it out to win over voters across the country ahead of the August 9 general election.
Vice President William Ruto, who is a presidential candidate, continues to insist that his main rival Azimio the Umoja-One Kenya Coalition Party, presidential candidate Raila Odinga is unlicensed.
“Raila Odinga does not have a university degree. If he did indeed graduate, how come he didn’t tell us what university he attended, what course he took, who his classmates were, or who his professors were,” Ruto said.
“If you ask me today to reveal my classmates, my teachers, my course or the university I attended, I will gladly give you this information because the details of my education are public knowledge.”
The DP further alleged that Odinga’s “unclear” academic papers violate integrity requirements.
“You can’t tell us you went to school alone, you can’t tell us you took a course no one knows, and you can’t tell us you were taught by people who have no name. Integrity starts with telling us the truth about yourself before holding other people in the Republic of Kenya to account,” Ruto said.
However, on August 28, 2018, Raila Odinga posted a photo of himself with a man he described as his former supervisor at the School of Mechanical Engineering at Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg.
“I visited my Alma Mater, Otto von Guericke University in Magdeburg, Germany, following an invitation from my former colleagues who gave me a book on the history of the school. I also met my former supervisor, Professor Adolf Neubaue at the Mechanical Engineering Lab,” Odinga said on Twitter.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has also spoken out on the matter, saying the commission was satisfied with the academic qualifications of Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya’s presidential candidate.