The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Bungoma Councillors Sit Exams

Controversy surrounds a move by councillors from Bungoma county getting college certificates in a bid to be compliant with the new electoral laws. The new constitution requires that those seeking for the post of county representative must have at least a post secondary education. The star has however reliably learnt that most of those who have enrolled for this classes hardly attend lessons due to their busy political schedule and have been employing junior class mates to help them in their exams. Human rights groups have on the other hand raised a red flag on the rate at which some aspirants are forging certificates within the town.

According Philip Wanyonyi ,the secretary general for Jukua la Katiba group, many of those who have enrolled in such colleges had no previous secondary school education. "How do you enroll for a diploma course when you have no secondary education nor primary education ,"he said. He called on the Independent electoral and boundaries commission to start an early vetting of aspirants ahead of the next election so that they could properly scrutinize anomalies early enough. "The IIEBC should start vetting for aspirants early , because we are worried that if the exrcise waits till next year very many people will use forged certificates ,"he said.

It has also been established almost all of them are undertaking courses in community development. Wanyonyi argued that some of those who have enrolled for the diploma courses could have attained fake form four certificates that they used to enroll at different colleges doubting the criteria the college was using for enrolling such cases.

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