Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho has been cleared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to defend his seat in the August 8 general elections.
Joho has been on the news after claims that he forged his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education in order to get entry in to the University, but he denied the allegations.
The clearance by the poll management body comes as a major reprieve to the Governor as it was one of the last hurdles in his quest to retain his Mombasa Governor seat, given the Court cases facing him over alleged fake academic papers.
Joho will be facing Wiper Democratic Movement candidate and Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar and Nyali MP Awiti Bolo of Democratic Party (DP).
Elsewhere in Nairobi, Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko has also been cleared to contest for the Capital’s Governor Seat after his clearance by IEBC on Thursday. Sonko and his running mate Polycarp Igathe were cleared to vie for the coveted seat after presenting their papers at the Kasarani Gymnasium in Nairobi, hours after incumbent Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero was also cleared.
Sonko was named among the 20 politicians who the Civil Society group recommended for barring in the August polls, and there were fears that Sonko also did not have genuine academic papers.