Kenya: IEBC must verify every degree certificate
Kenya’s constitution requires that no one be elected governor or president unless they have a college diploma. The degree may be achieved in a Kenyan college or from a reputable school overseas.
Even with a clear and unmistakable criterion, many prospective and even current politicians have difficulties in obtaining degree diplomas.
And, since Africans always take a ruthless approach to political rivalry, competitors go into overdrive to utilize the degree obstacle to prevent future competition.
Everyone with political aspirations understands that they will be requested to present their degree certificate as part of a list of requirements in order to run for office.
Some politicians’ choice to expect that the IEBC would look the other way or that they will be excluded from the requirement derives from our politicians’ well-documented proclivity for influence peddling.
How else might a governor verify that they have been examined and verified as a graduate of a certain college?
The current rush to court seeking rulings allowing some of them to run for office is a waste of court time.
The IEBC must never let anybody, regardless of standing, avoid the law.
It must go through all documents with a fine toothcomb lest the institution becomes a conduit for corruption, which is on the brink of taking over our country.