Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja’s Team University degree certificate was printed on May 9, 2022.
This is according to a complaint lodged at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) by one Dennis Gakuu Wahome who is challenging the senator’s eligibility for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat.
In an affidavit seeking the nullification of Sakaja’s clearance to run for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat, Wahome claims Sakaja’s certificate was printed at around 10 pm and said forensic investigations can establish that.
“An information technology (IT) forensic investigation can confirm this,” Wahome said.
While giving his testimony to the IEBC Disputes and Resolution Committee, Wahome said that the University stopped offering that course in 2015, which is exactly a year before Sakaja purportedly graduated.
Wahome further claims that between 2012 and 2016 when Sakaja claims to have attended university in the neighbouring country of Uganda, Sakaja only travelled once to Uganda and that was on October 17, 2014.
The complainant also claimed he was aware that none of the six individuals who graduated from Team University in 2016 knew Sakaja at all.
“I’m aware that none of the six people who graduated from Team University on 21st October 2016 ever heard or saw the 1st respondent as their classmate either in their class physically or virtually,” Wahome claimed.
Wahome further said that the Bachelor of Science in Management (External) does not feature anywhere in the entire graduation booklet.
According to Wahome, Sakaja’s claims that he is a graduate of the University of Nairobi are untrue and he said he proved this by following up with the university, which has no record of the senator graduating from the institution.
While presenting a Nomination Declaration in 2017, Sakaja indicated he had graduated from the University of Nairobi.
Wahome further revealed another similar graduation claim by Sakaja but this time from St Lawrence University (SLAU) in Uganda.
In his affidavit, Wahome said SLAU wrote to Kenya’s High Commission in Kampala on June 8, 2022, distancing themselves from the claims and confirming that Sakaja was never a student at that institution.
The IEBC cleared the senator to run for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat under UDA on June 7, 2022.
However, Sakaja’s candidature is hanging in the balance following Wahome’s and three other complaints filed against his candidature before the IEBC Dispute Resolution Committee, all seeking the nullification of his clearance certificate.
The IEBC Dispute Resolution Committee will begin hearings on Tuesday.