By Judith Gicobi
Johnson Sakaja, Nairobi Senator, can now breathe a sigh of relief following the IEBC Disputes Resolution Committee’s decision to uphold his eligibility to run for governor in the August elections.
The committee says it does not have the authority to rule on Sakaja’s degree’s legitimacy and therefore dismissed the case. “This committee lacks the jurisdiction to investigate the authenticity of the degree of Sakaja. We, therefore, dismiss the complaint,” the George Murugu-led committee ruled.
Dennis Gakuu’s complaint was dismissed by the committee, which stated that the returning officer had fulfilled his legal obligations and that there was no basis for the complaint.
“The IEBC lacks tools to investigate and undertake inquiries into the validity and legitimacy of academic certificates and credentials supplied to it by various political candidates but merely acts in trust on the face value of the documents,” the committee ruled.
Sakaja states he attended Team University in Uganda, but Gakuu argues he never received a degree from there.
“I’m glad that we have been vindicated, we stand qualified, we have the requisite qualifications to run for the office of governor of Nairobi,” Sakaja said.
Sakaja is running for governor on the UDA ticket with James Njoroge, the chief operating officer of Absa Bank Kenya.
“We are in it to win so that we can transform this great city of ours,” he added soon after the verdict was delivered.
“So we sall continue with our campaigns in earnest, we shall continue talking to the people of Nairobi,” Sakaja said and added stated that he will soon release his manifesto.