A large number of Kenyans have expressed interest to become pioneer governors in all the 47 counties. It is a new position, which many Kenyans are trying to come to terms with.
News reaching this blogger is that the ODM political strategy for Nairobi County has been thrown into a spin after the Commissioner of Higher Education declined to accept Hon Dr Margaret Wanjiru’s graduate qualifications.
According to the new constitutional demands, these, among others, are the qualifications required for individuals running for for election as a County Governor or Deputy County Governor:
A person is eligible for election as a governor if the person-
-Is a registered voter.
-Is the holder of a degree from a university that is recognised in Kenya
-Is either – nominated by a political party or an independent candidate supported by at least five hundred registered voters from the ward concerned.
According to JIAM sources, Hon. Bishop Dr. Margaret Wanjiru previously worked as a house girl, hawker, a toilet cleaner, car cleaner and office cleaner. On graduation from an unspecified college she earned herself a position as sales girl. The same sources indicate that the Bishop holds a Doctorate in Divinity excelling in the matters of religion, education and human sciences, and that she recently obtained a certificate on governance from Harvard University - USA.
In letter dated 02/01/2013 , CHE/10/9/1/VOL.140, The Commission for Higher Education has refused to recognize, Hon Bishop Wanjiru's qualification.
In letter dated 31/12/2012, Hon Dr Wanjiru wrote to the commission requesting that her Doctor of Theology awarded by Vineyard Harvester Bible College and Bachelor of Christian Leadership awarded by United Graduate College be recognized. The Commission replied that both colleges are not listed in the directories on higher education which includes the world higher education data base of 2012 a publication of UNESCO. Most importantly however, the purported worldwide accreditation Commission of Christian Education Institution( WWAC) that accredited the colleges is not listed by the US Department of Education.
Lastly and to add insult to injury, The Hon. Dr. Wanjiru supposedly only passed one subject (English literature -6) at O- level done at SMTPH Shah Secondary School, and managed grade 9 in all other subjects.
The commission in its last statement said that they will not be accountable for the authenticity of the certificates or the identity of the certificate holder presented for recognition.
These developments mean that the ODM cannot risk nominating Hon ‘Dr.’ Bishop Margaret Wanjiru either as governor or deputy county governor as she will most likely be rejected by the IEBC, and there will not be time to replace an ODM candidate once the deadline lapses. The Bishop may however, opt to run for Member of Parliament or as Women Representatives.
The other notable candidates running for ODM ticket in Nairobi Gubernatorial polls are former Mumias Sugar MD, Dr. Evans Kidero and former Town Clerk Philip Kisia.
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