Governorship candidates turned down over academic documents


Several candidates have been turned down by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in Kenya. These candidates are aspirants to different countrys’ governorship, in the forth coming elections in the August 8 elections.

The returning officer Mohamed Adan said that, ‘IEBC’ rules require both the governor and his running mate to have the original degree certificates.

Thomas Mwagedhu, an aspirant for the Taita Taveta County, was turned down after the names on his running mate’s academic certificate failed to match with those in his national identity card.

Mr Mwagedhu was adviced to bring a sworn affidavit confirmation that the names on the certificate and the identity card are of the same person, Richard Tairo, his selected running mate.

When the proof will be presented, Mr Mwagedhu will then be cleared for the elections.

Miguna Miguna, the Nairobi gubernatorial aspirant was also turned away after presenting 2,000 signatures in image form instead of in Excel format.

Independent governor aspirant James Mungai’s clearance has too been suspended, when his running mate George Nyaberi presented a certificate that is not recognised by the University Education Commission.

Mr Matole and Eliud Ndungu Kinuthia are also waiting for clearances, with issues concerning their running mates’ degree certificates’ submission.

Nevertheless, Hassan Noor Hassan, John Muruttu, Sali Mvurya and his counterpart Amason Kingi were cleared to seek re-election in the August elections.

Hassan Joho,a Mombasa governor was first in an exchange of words with the IEBC Returning officer Nancy Wanjiru, over his form four certificate, which the candidate was hesitant in handing over to the commission.

Mr Joho claimed that, it was not written any where in the laws that the form four certificate was mandatory and Mrs Nancy was saying otherwise.

“Have you read the law carefully? It is written that you must produce a form four certificate before I look at your degree papers,” She insisted.

“it is simple Mr Joho, you either produce the certifiate or we are stuck,” she added

Until Hassan Joho presented his certificate, he was not cleared.




Correspondent: Shamirah Abdallah (Uganda)

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