Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja has cried foul after the Commission for University Education (CUE) ordered him to submit a fresh list of requirements in order to be cleared to contest in the upcoming August polls.
This comes after CUE on Friday ordered the Nairobi governor aspirant to submit at least 10 documents as confirmation that he attended and graduated from Uganda’s Team University as he claims.
Some of the documents required from Sakaja include: an application letter for the course he took at the university, his letter of admission, evidence of registration, official transcripts, examination schedules and a graduation booklet with his name on it among other requirements.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Sakaja slammed CUE over the new conditions alleging discrimination as he said no other candidate cleared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) was asked to submit the exact academic qualifications as him.
According to Sakaja, the commission erred in revoking his university degree without completing necessary investigations into the matter, a move the Nairobi Senator insists is politically motivated.
“The question we are asking is, in this country are you guilty until proven innocent or vice versa? You cannot revoke and then investigate, you investigate and then if you need to, you revoke. When I submitted my documents on June 6, 2022 none of those questions were asked of me but today there are requirements,” said Sakaja.
“Can CUE ask each and every other candidate who has been cleared to provide the same? There is no set of law for Sakaja and another set of law for the rest of Kenyans. There cannot be two set of rules in this country. If you demand that from me, demand that from all other candidates.”
To further drive his point home, Sakaja questioned why CUE chairperson Prof. Chacha Nyaigotti revoked his qualifications without allegedly convening the commission’s board for a caucus on the same.
“We also know that before the chair communicates any decision of CUE there must be a meeting of the commission, which never happened. I wish you would have asked where the other commissioners are. There is a quorum of five. That did not take place but we understand the pressure that he (Nyagotti) is in.”
While noting that he was ready to submit the fresh list of requirements, Sakaja slammed CUE for not making the same demands when he submitted his application to the commission on June 6, 2022.
“I am ready to look at and provide what the they asked for just like I was ready to provide whatever they required on June 6, 2022,” he said.
He likewise assured Nairobi residents that despite the allegations tabled against him, he is optimistic that his name will be on the ballot come August.
“I want to assure Nairobians and those pressuring Prof. Chacha that the governor of Nairobi will be elected by Nairobians. The people of Nairobi have rejected projects and they have rejected candidates who are forced on them,” said the legislator.