Jubilee now wants Sonko to defend his academic papers
Some politicians in the Jubilee Party are fighting to clear their names after complaints arose that they had fronted inauthentic documents for clearance.
Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko and Starehe MP Maina Kamanda are among politicians required to defend their records after complaints were filed with the party.
They all dismissed the complaints as petty diversions.
As the April 21 party primaries draw closer, the Jubilee Party admitted it had received complaints on certain aspirants suspected to have filed invalid testimonials.
Mr Kamanda dismissed a petition submitted by 10 voters who argue his secondary school certificate had alterations.
Mr Kamanda argued he never presented the said certificate, adding that similar claims were made against him in 2013 but the Directorate of Criminal Investigations dismissed them.
“This is a cut-and-paste complaint raised against me in 2013 and which investigations exonerated me. I have never submitted such a document and I think it is just a malicious accusations,” Mr Kamanda told the Nation last Thursday.
For Senator Sonko, complainants argued he got a degree yet his high school grade did not allow him to pursue one.
But he argues that claim is invalid, since he attained the degree progressively.
The party’s secretary-general Raphael Tuju said that while the party is looking at every detail to weed out witch-hunt among rivals, he warned aspirants could be removed from the race if discovered, even on the day of nominations.
Aspirants were forced to sign self-declaration documents to indicate they submitted only what they earned.
“For people who have written to us raising concerns about certain aspirants they feel their papers are not straight, we have written to those specific people about these allegations to get their responses. We know sometimes this could be sabotage but we will investigate the cases,” he said.