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Kenya’s politicians rush to secure fake diplomas as elections near

By Jeff Otieno
Posted on Friday, 12 November 2021 12:09

Deputy President of Kenya H.E Dr William Ruto receives his PHD in Plant Ecology at the 60th graduation of University of Nairobi in 2018 (Twitter)

Back in 2018, when Kenyan Senator Gideon Moi announced that he might run in next year’s presidential race, supporters of Deputy President William Ruto immediately attacked him as a spoiler. One of the politicians who wouldn’t hear of it was MP Oscar Sudi, who took aim at Moi’s educational credentials.

“For one to be president, one has to have a degree, but Gideon Moi, with all his English, has no papers,” Sudi said, without offering any proof. “I advise you that if you want to be president in future … study and complete courses you abandoned.”

According to parliament’s website, the son of former President Daniel Moi has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Salford in England. However, Sudi challenged Moi to produce proof of his education abroad and accused him of having a “fake degree” from Kabarak University in Kenya.