Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho has on Monday (27/03/17) dismissed claims that his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam certificate is fake.
According to his director of communications, Richard Chacha, Mr Joho indicated that there is no other person or entity in the country questioning his papers except the Jubilee Government.
“It is a war that began in 2013. They started (it) through their bloggers and then the newspapers. But I tell you this is a futile attempt by the Jubilee government to discredit the governor,” stated Mr Chacha.
Chacha pointed out that the Mombasa Governor sat for his secondary school exams in 1993 and not in 1992 as the Government is claiming.
He reiterated that Joho’s former classmates and teachers were all over Mombasa to confirm that he had indeed trained at the Serani Secondary School.
“His classmates and teacher’s are all over Mombasa. They can confirm that these allegations are fake. This is just a desperate move by the Jubilee Government to bring him [Joho] down,” Chacha noted.
Chacha also affirmed to a local daily that Joho’s five accounts at CFC Stanbic Bank had already been frozen as directed by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).
“They have frozen all the bank accounts. We will allow them to conduct the 10 days investigations and will not take any action as there is nothing to hide,” the Governor’s spokesman indicated.
Joho’s response comes a day after the Kenya National Examination Council, acting chief executive, Ms Mercy Gathigia Karogo, in a letter to the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Ndegwa Muhoro, revealed they had established that the “purported” copy of results slip presented to the council for authentication was obtained from a forged document.
“Following your request for verification and confirmation of examination results Joho Hassan Ali results slip as per the letter referenced CID/SEC/4/4/3 dated 25th January, 2017… Joho Hassan Ali did not register nor sat for the year 1992 KCSE examination at Serani Secondary School under index number 160092024,” explained Ms Karogo quoting records in the KNEC data base.
If found guilty, the Mombasa Governor may have all his degrees revoked and consequently locked out of the Mombasa gubernatorial race on the basis of Education qualification.