Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja vows his name will be on the ballot in August as he rubbished a letter written by the Commission for University Education revoking recognition of his Team University degree.
In a post on Wednesday, Sakaja instead blamed President Uhuru Kenyatta and the “deep state” for allegedly frustrating his efforts to become the third governor of Nairobi County without providing proof.
The UDA politician continued to insist that he acquired his degree certificate from the Uganda based university legitimately telling off those petitioning it and questioning his academic credentials.
"To President Kenyatta, I say: Let the people decide. Not even the threats to arrest me will dim our resolve to serve the people of Nairobi. The people of Nairobi have resoundingly rejected your project and are looking forward to electing their own," Sakaja posted on social media.
He went on, "I remain committed and confident that a new dawn for our capital is beckoning, a city of order and dignity; hope and opportunity for all. We shall not be cowed. We will prevail."
Sakaja was cleared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) but two petitioners challenged his eligibility to vie for the governor seat leading to CUE revoking recognition of his degree.
He maintained that he had followed all due procedures to get the CUE clearance after the commission’s Ugandan counterpart, the National Council for Higher Education, approved his papers.
"The purported revocation of my credentials by the Commission for University Education (CUE) chairman is null and void, and politically instigated. The chairman, Prof Chacha Nyaigotti, has been coerced and intimidated by President Uhuru Kenyatta to illegally revoke recognition of accreditation that has been properly issued," he claimed.
He shared a number of documents on his social media pages while bashing Uhuru and the state for allegedly frustrating his gubernatorial bid.
"Following this, President Uhuru Kenyatta and the entire State machinery have gone on an intimidation spree against institutions locally and in Uganda to revoke the recognition of my qualifications in a bid to stop me from being the Governor of Nairobi," Sakaja opined.
CUE revoked recognition of his Bachelor of Science in Management (external) degree on Wednesday on ground that pertinent issues had been raised about their validity which required to be investigated.
Sakaja owes his political career greatly to President Kenyatta who picked him in 2013 to be the chairman of the newly formed The National Alliance (TNA), which later nominated him to the National Assembly.