Raila’s university degree should also be considered


NAIROBI, Kenya, June 14 – The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) has now pierced the academic qualifications of Azimio-One Kenya Alliance presidential candidate, Raila Odinga.

During an interview on Citizen TV Day break, UDA General Secretary Veronica Maina said there was a need to review the authenticity of the academic qualifications of presidential candidates.

“You have seen a lot of headlines questioning the university that our biggest opponent, Raila Amolo Odinga, qualified from. This is a very big question that needs to be looked at, not through the lens of one candidate, but a larger public issue,” Maina said.

The UDA general secretary has also questioned the legitimacy of Roots party presidential aspirant George Wajackoyah by asking whether his 17 degrees are genuine or need a makeover.

“The institutions that trained him should tell us whether he actually has 14 degrees or 7, and how many are recognized or not,” she said.

“It’s a bigger question of what qualifications a politician should have before taking up public office, and that has been the subject of litigation,” she said.

His statement was aimed at defending Nairobi gubernatorial candidate Johnson Sakaja, who is battling a court case after his university credentials came under public scrutiny.

Sakaja maintained that he graduated from Teams University in Uganda, dismissing allegations that he did not graduate.

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Responding to a complaint to the Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) regarding the legality of his university degrees, Sakaja accused the complainant of deliberately omitting relevant pages from the graduation booklet which contained his name.

The complaint was filed after allegations that the Sakajas were not on a list of Teams University graduates, as a university degree is among the requirements for candidates for governorship in Kenya.

“Among other qualifications and awards of excellence, I hold a Bachelor of Science in Management awarded to me by Team University in Uganda, having met the requirements for the award,” Sakaja said.

Sakaja said Teams University is duly recognized in Uganda and, by extension, Kenya.

He also rejected the names used by the plaintiff (Johnson Koskei Sakaja) to refer to him, noting that his only name is Sakaja Johnson Arthur.

Sakaja further requested IEBC to dismiss the complaint as it was filed out of time. According to Sakaja, the time limit for filing a dispute expired on June 8, 2022.


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