KANGUNDO MP Johnson Muthama has said his experience in politics makes him the best choice for the Machakos senate seat even if he does not have a degree.
Muthama added that he had achieved much in the world of politics and business and was capable of performing his duties in the senate despite his limited formal education.
"Academics is very important in leadership and other spheres of life but experience is also required and besides being the joint government whip in parliament, I am a successful self made businessman of international repute," Muthama said.
He added that he was an expert in mining and had vast experience in politics having risen to vice chairman of the Machakos Kanu branch and subsequently Kangundo MP.
He said one time British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and South Africa president Jacob Zuma did not have degrees but were gifted in leadership and performed their duties diligently.
Muthama was speaking during the Machakos county leadership selection committee debate at the Machakos social hall where all the hopefuls were required to introduce themselves and give a brief history of their academic achievements.
Muthama's rival for the senate seat, Boniface Kabaka, a law scholar said he was best suited for the job as he understood the functions of the senate including the promulgation of bills and articulation.
A third aspirant for the governor seat, U.S. based engineer, Leonard Ndambuki said he was also the best choice due to his age and experience of seeing the senate at work in the U.S.
In the governor debate, former government spokesman, Dr Alfred Mutua had a run in with the organizers for failing to keep time though the attendants wanted him to be given more time to articulate his vision for the county.
All the nine governor hopefuls attended the forum save for assistant minister for youth affairs, Wavinya Ndeti, former cabinet minister Mutua Katuku and ex chief executive of the export promotion zone authority, Dr Mutule Kilonzo.