By Judith Gicobi
Johnson Sakaja has radiated confidence that he will appear on the ballot in the August elections despite the harassment and campaign to undermine his gubernatorial campaign.
The candidate for the United Democratic Alliance (UDA), whose problems with the validity of his degree certificate appear to be far from ending, has insisted that his campaign to represent the city’s citizens won’t be derailed.
“As a leader you should never fear not be misunderstood, if your conscious is clear and you are doing the right thing keep your eyes on the price and so I choose to remain focused,” he said in an interview with Spice FM.
Sakaja’s degree was revoked by the Commission for University Education (CUE) on Thursday for a second time due to the disapproval of their Ugandan counterparts.
In a letter, the agency’s chief executive officer Mwenda Ntarangwi claimed that Sakaja, who is running for Nairobi governor on the UDA ticket, had failed to provide any supporting documentation for his claim of recognition.
However, the Nairobi Senator has played down the cancellation, stating that “I understand too well that this is politics and I know the game too well”.
“Masinde Muliro once said that when you get into leadership or politics be ready to be arrested, go bankrupt or even die so this is nothing and I have been ready for it and I am ready because I know the cost and the journey it takes. No one has had it easy,” he said.
Sakaja saddened that the Commission was being used to settle political grudges with the sole purpose of preventing him from running in the August election.
He disclosed that his detractors’ most recent campaign is intended to stop the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) from gazetteing his name.
“Nairobians are not immature and they can make their own decisions and ultimately their decision is what will count,” he said.
Sakaja disclosed during the interview that he was unable to complete his university degree at Nairobi University due to financial difficulties, and that when he was able to, he was reluctant to resume his studies because of his reputation.
Sakaja recognized that despite the continuous controversy, “it’s been a blessing in disguise.” and that his detractors are what make him more well known.
The release of Sakaja’s manifesto is scheduled for July 10, 2022.