Fans, voters and haters wonder how Bahati got the audacity to run for office without a university degree.
Here is how clause 22 of the Elections Act requires that members of parliament and the members of the county assemblies have degrees.
But the MPs have been fighting to have the clause dropped from the act.
Deputy President William Ruto said, “The Constitution prohibits any unreasonable restrictions being placed on the way of voters or candidates to be able to vie or vote in any elections.”
“To say that MCAs should have the same qualifications as MPs, Governors and even the President is not reasonable, already we have Parliament reconsidering Section 22 in the Elections Act so that we can remove what the law provides today that in my opinion is unreasonable restrictions on candidates that want to be elected,” Ruto added.
The bill which is sponsored by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen believes that a leader need is to be able to read and write.
“The purpose of this bill is to amend the Elections Act No.24 of 2011 to enable a person who is able to read and write to be nominated as a candidate for elections as a Member of Parliament,” the draft amendment bill reads in part.
The Elections (Amendment) Bill 2021 is currently before the Senate.
Making light of the entire matter, Babu Owino offered his many diploma and degrees to any aspirant, at an exorbitant price of "an arm and a leg".
He posted on his social media, "The introduction of Degree Certificate as a condition to contest for all the positions in 2022 will be a challenge to many, as a result, I’m asking anyone without a degree certificate to buy one of my many Degrees."
He added, "I have 6 Diplomas and 4 Degree certificates at an affordable price. Hurry while the stock lasts. First-class Honors in Actuarial Science will cost you a leg and an arm plus your liver."
Some of the MPs without degrees who are likely to be affected in 2022 by this elections act are;
- MPs Oscar Sudi of Kapseret
- George Aladwa of Makadara
- Junet Mohamed of Suna East
- Kimani Ngunjiri Bahati member of parliament
- Imran Okoth Kibra legislator
- Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama
- Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir.
- Webuye West MP Dan Wanyama
- Embakasi West MP George Theuri
- Nominated senator Christine Zawadi
- Bomet Woman rep Joyce Korir,
- Ganze MP Teddy Mwambire
- Garsen MP Guyo Ali Wario
- Samburu woman Mp Maison Leshoomo
- Igembe South MP John Paul Mwirigi
- Matungulu MP Stephen Mule
- Kaloleni MP Paul Katana
- Laikipia North MP Saraha Korere
- Kiambu MP Jude Njomo
- Nominated MP Maina Kamanda
- Taita Taveta woman rep Lydia Haika
- Teso South MP Geoffrey Omuse
- Makueni woman Rep Rose Museo
- Roysambu MP Waihenya Ndirangu
- Kilifi Woman Rep Getrude Mbeyu
- Embu woman rep Jane Njiru
- Igembe Central MP Iringo Kubai
For singer Bahati most of the qualifications have been met. However, if the law is not amended in time for the 2022 national elections, he will not be eligible to run.