2 February 2013

Kenya: IEBC Sends Away Kajiado's Kores Over 'Foreign Degree'

A TNA governor aspirant in Kajiado was yesterday sent away by IEBC officials who refused to clear him because of his academic qualifications.

Josiah Kores was asked to first clear with the Commission for Higher Education as his degree from Costa Rica University in the US requires certification.

Tom Mboya, Kajiado's IEBC returning officer, had a hard time convincing Kores that his degree must be certifid by CHE.

Mboya insisted that Kores's degree was acquired from a foreign country and must be certified as genuine by CHE as required by the law.

The stand-off between the two created anxiety among Kores's supporters who were waiting for him outside the IEBC offices at the Maasai Technical Institute in Kajiado town.

Mboya told Kores he would be breaking the law if he cleared him before his documents are certified.Police were put on alert as tension grew amongst the supporters.

Kores made several calls to the IEBC headquarters in Nairobi before an helicopter landed to pick him up from the institute.

At the time of going to the press, Kores was still held up in Nairobi as his lawyers attempted to get CHE officials to certify his degree certificate before the close of the clearance at 4pm.

The IEBC had earlier on cleared other governor candidates including ODM's David Nkedianye, URP's Daniel Nina, Poa's Obadiah Kimani and DP's Moses Parantai.

After his clearance, Nina thanked Mboya for sticking to the electoral rules.

"So far, I am the only candidate from the Jubilee coalition who has been cleared and I am calling upon my brothers in TNA to support me so that we can realise a win in the March 4 elections," Nina told his supporters outside the Maasai Technical Institute.

Candidates cleared for senator in Kajiado include TNA's Peter Mositet and Wiper's Solomon Kinyanjui.

TNA's Mary Seneta, Pick's Ann Tobiko and National Vision Party's Jennifer Sikaran were given the greenlight to contest the women's representative seat.

Others cleared for the seat are GNU's Lucy Mathenge, ODM's Emily Kiparki, Narc's Gladys and Narc's Abigail Shani.

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