Umoja Summit Party presidential flagbearer Walter Mong’are on Monday, June 6, had his clearance revoked by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Speaking at the Bomas of Kenya, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati, explained that Mong’are did not have a degree from a recognised university as required by the law.
The IEBC had earlier summoned Mong’are, popularly known as Nyambane, shortly after disqualifying Safina party Jimi Wanjigi on grounds that he had not met the requisite academic qualifications. Both candidates have cleared their course work but are set to graduate later in the year.
“This is not the first time that a clearance certificate has been recalled it happens all the time from our returning officers when they get a dispute emerges or new information is availed,” Chebukati remarked.
Efforts by Kenyans.co.ke to seek a response from the veteran comedian were futile as his phone went unanswered.
While addressing the press, Wanjigi’s running mate Willis Otieno questioned why the Safina aspirant had been turned away for producing a clearance certificate yet another candidate with the same credentials had been cleared.
“I said it in the plenary that the candidate was the first to be cleared using the same letters that we had. Same circumstances, same university, same Commission on University Education.
“How then can he turn around at this point to say that we do not have a university degree. The wording of the law is a university degree or its equivalent. Graduation is a ceremony, but you have qualified,” he posed.
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