Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho has been forced to publicly admit a contentious detail from his academic past that appeared to knock the wind out of sails of his usual political bravado yesterday.
Joho, despite the heights he has scaled in business and political career, scored a D- in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination in 1993.
“Yes, I am a holder of a D- (minus) grade in KCSE and I take pride of my results,” said Joho as he publicly responded for the first time to controversy surrounding the credibility of his academic credentials.
Joho admitted scoring lowly in his form Four Exam he sat at Serani Secondary School in Mombasa about 24 years ago, a result he said he was proud of having achieved after “immense struggle having endured harsh economic times as a result of poor family background.” “Performing poorly in Form Four does not necessary translate to end of the road in life, ” he said.
“You can turn that around and that is what I have successfully been able to achieve and that really should be the conversation. Any serious leader would want to use that to inspire young people that never made it in life for one reason or another.”
It was something of trying to fit a square into a circular hole, as the governor tried to wriggle out of a possible criminal situation by poor performance in his secondary examination. The Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI) had sought to prove that Joho had allegedly forged a KSCE result slip showing he sat the exams in 1992 andscored a C+, which would have been criminal.
But yesterday, Joho disowned the alleged forgery of C+ and admitted the D- score which he claimed was his actual result. However, the governor of county 001 may not be out of the woods yet as he will now have to prove how he got university admission using an inadmissible grade, which could negate his degree certificates.
Addressing the media at his office in Mombasa, Joho denied forging his KCSE result slip and, instead, accused the government of being behind his latest woes.
On Sunday, the saga over Joho’s academic credentials resurfaced after Mombasa Jubilee branch, led by deputy governor aspirant Ananiah Mwaboza, produced documents allegedly obtained from the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) indicating the governor may have forged a Form Four result slip to obtain university admission.
Mwaboza asked the offices of the DCI, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and Inspector General of Police to launch fresh investigations into Joho’s academic qualifications, citing anomalies in his certificates.
The group claimed it had presented the alleged forged documents to the DCI as well as the Gretsa University council, from where Joho graduated, yet no action had been taken against the governor.
Another Knec Form Four result slip produced by Mwaboza indicated that Joho sat his KCSE exam using index no. 16032063 at Serani Secondary School and scored (D-) in 1993 and not the (C+ Plus) indicated in the result slip obtained in 1992.
Yesterday, Joho who has since been summoned to appear before the Coast Assistant Inspector General of Police Samuel Nyabengi at the Mombasa regional directorate of criminal investigations today, distanced himself from the alleged forged KCSE certificates and said he had seen the trouble coming. He linked the claims of forgery of his certificates to an incident which occurred in 2013 where a man was arrested by members of the public “attempting to forge the documents of Hassan Joho in a hotel in Nairobi.”
“I remember the first forgery that was done, and the file of admission that was tampered with was a document purported to have been signed by Kaimenyi (Jacob, former Education CS).
And the University of Nairobi later issued a statement on how they were unable to understand how a file of admission of their institution had been tampered with,” he said.
Apparently, Joho had been admitted to the University of Nairobi to take a parallel degree, using the alleged C+ result slip, but never pursued the course even after paying Sh700,000.
But Leader of Majority in the National Assembly, Aden Duale told Joho to stick to the issue of his “suspect papers and stop dragging” the name of the Jubilee government into his woes.
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