Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho was Thursday cleared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to defend his seat on ODM ticket after a nearly 30 minutes standoff over a requirement to produce his Form Four certificate.
Mr Joho and IEBC Returning Officer Nancy Wanjiru were involved in an exchange of words over the issue.
Ms Wanjiru argued that was mandatory that one produces their Form Four certificate as a requirement for clearance process while the governor said it was not in the law.
“Please don’t try to introduce your own laws here. It is not written anywhere that a Form Four certificate is mandatory but (only) a university degree,” argued Mr Joho.
But Ms Wanjiru insisted that it was a requirement and the governor had to produce it failure to which he would be barred from contesting.
“Have you read the law carefully? It is written that you must produce a Form Four certificate before I look at your degree papers,” she insisted.
She attempted to give a copy of the said laws to the governor but Mr Joho tossed it back to her saying he had thoroughly read it and nowhere was it written that it was mandatory to produce a Form Four certificate.
“It is simple Mr Joho, produce the certificate or we are stuck,” she insisted but the governor stood his ground, leading to a temporary delay in the process.
Those accompanying the governor – Mvita MP Abdullswamad Nassir and ODM Mombasa chairman Mohamed Hatimy – also argued with the officer asking her to prove through the law where it was mandatory.
The governor finally produced the certificate and he was cleared amid jubilation from his supporters.
“I thank God for this because there was no issue but they wanted to create one. I will from now on conduct my campaigns based on ideology,” said Mr Joho later.
He promised to maintain peace during his campaigns.