I’m qual­i­fied to hold of­fice – Wa­mathai

Ny­eri deputy gov­er­nor says re­ports he’s not aca­dem­i­cally qual­i­fied are ma­li­cious

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - WAMBUGU KANYI @joe­wambugu2003

Ny­eri Deputy Gov­er­nor Samuel Wa­mathai has said he is aca­dem­i­cally qual­i­fied to hold of­fice.

He showed jour­nal­ists a de­gree cer­tifi­cate in Air and Space Law from the McGill Univer­sity Grad­u­ate Law School and a Bach­e­lor’s de­gree in Law, Eco­nom­ics and Statis­tics from the Univer­sity of Nairobi.

In a press con­fer­ence in his of­fice on Wed­nes­day, Wa­mathai also had an ad­vanced cer­tifi­cate in air trans­port man­age­ment, eco­nom­ics and strate­gic plan­ning from the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy.

The deputy gov­er­nor said he has worked with the gov­ern­ment for many years and no­body has ever ques­tioned his in­tegrity. He termed com­plaints over his aca­demic qual­i­fi­ca­tions mere pol­i­tics and ma­li­cious.

Wa­mathai said he has worked in the pub­lic ser­vice for more than 30 years be­cause of his qual­i­fi­ca­tions. He threat­ened to sue or­gan­i­sa­tions that ques­tioned his pa­pers. “That is why I was picked as deputy gov­er­nor since I have the pa­pers. I will still be the deputy gov­er­nor if Gov­er­nor Nder­itu Gach­agua is re­elected,” he said.

On Septem­ber 13, a hu­man rights group in Ny­eri wrote to the Ethics and Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion, ques- tion­ing Wa­mathai’s aca­demic qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Futa Ma­gendo Ac­tion Net­work ex­ec­u­tive co­or­di­na­tor James Mugo pe­ti­tioned the EACC to in­ves­ti­gate the au­then­tic­ity of Wa­mathai’s pa­pers and jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for us­ing the ti­tle ‘am­bas­sador’.

“We are writ­ing this pe­ti­tion due to pub­lic anx­i­ety. From the time Wa­mathai pre­sented his aca­demic doc­u­ments to the IEBC, the pub­lic has raised a lot of doubt,” the let­ter said.

“There is also need to de­mand from the Com­mis­sion of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion a re­port on the au­then­tic­ity of the said aca­demic doc­u­ments.” The hu­man rights group raised doubt about Wa­mathai’s Bach­e­lor’s De­gree in Law, Eco­nom­ics and Statis­tics. It ques­tioned whether such a course is of­fered at the Univer­sity of Nairobi.

/ WAMBUGU KANYI

Ny­eri Deputy Gov­er­nor Samuel Wa­mathai shows his de­gree cer­tifi­cate from McGill Univer­sity on Wed­nes­day in his Ny­eri town of­fice

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