While many MPs, from Maina Kamanda to Didmus Barasa, have degrees which people have repeatedly cast doubt on, Oscar Sudi is perhaps the only legislator to confess that he has no degree.
Ironically, this was when he himself was casting doubt on the degree held by Baringo senator Gideon Moi. He said, amidst laughs, that despite Gideon’s impressive English, he is just like him who also has no papers to talk about.
A law requiring contestants for MP and MCA seats to have a university degree qualification is set to take effect in the 2022 general election, locking out hundreds of potential aspirants whose plans to acquire the academic papers have been derailed by Covid-19.
The law, whose implementation date has been postponed several times, is set to take effect in 2022. Members of the National Assembly in 2017 amended section 22 of the Election Act that prescribes minimum academic qualifications for lawmakers at both levels of government.
The amendment requires Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of County Assembly (MCAs) to have a minimum bachelor’s degree before they are cleared to contest.
Onesmus Kimani Ngunjiri is another legislator who will face the axe if indeed the law comes into effect next year. Not only does he have no degree, but some have even cast doubt on his Secondary School certificate.
A perusal of MPs’ CVs posted on Parliament’s website indicates that more than 230 MPs have between a first degree and PhD, and thus meet the minimum requirements should the law come into force as stipulated.
About 50 MPs did not submit their CVs while another 50 claim to be undertaking undergraduate studies in various universities across the country.
In the Senate, six senators don’t have their CVs on the website, while four others lack degrees, according to the uploaded CVs.