Johnson Sakaja Nairobi senator

by EUGINE ONYANGO on 13 june 2022

The Independent Electrol and boundary commission has given Nairobi senator an ultimatum to respond to four petition against him by 12pm on Monday, 13 june.

The decision was issued by IEBC Dispute Resolution Committee chair Titus Tiego who granted Sakaja’s lawyer, Adrian Kamotho’s plea to be given more time in order to file the evidence. The Senator also wants one of the IEBC commissioners to step down from the hearing. 

“I urge this tribunal to give me more time to file a formal application seeking to have one of three members of the IEBC tribunal recuse himself and also to answer the allegations filed against Sakaja,” the lawyer pleaded.

The four petitions filed against Sakaja sought to have Senator Sakaja’s clearance by the IEBC revoked on grounds of questionable academic certificates. 

Earlier, the UoN Communication director, John Orindi, clarified the reports to the media that Sakaja was admitted to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science in 2003 but did not graduate after clearing his four years degree.

“It is true Sakaja was admitted to the university and was pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science, studied from the first year up to the fourth year, but is yet to graduate. 

“The university earlier issued a statement and was clear that the person in question did not complete his studies,” Orindi stated, as quoted by the Nation

One of the petitioners, Dennis Gakuu Wahome, sought to have the Senator kicked out for failing to meet education qualifications as equired by constitution and claim that the senator had demonstrated fraud and forgeries that have the potential to erode the public confidence in and diminish the integrity of qualifications in Uganda and Kenyan degrees both regionally as well as globally,” Wahome stated in his petition.

IEBC has now given Sakaja and his team up to 12pm monday 13 june to respnd to petition against him.