Serani secondary school on Monday came out to defend Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho over claims that his certificate was a forgery.
The school’s principal Abbas Juma Ulaya in a statement to the press said the governor was a bonafide student at the school. He revealed that Joho was at the school from February 1990 to November 1993, after having successfully sat for his KCSE exams.
“Joho enrolled at the institution on 22/02/1990 under admission number 326. He sat for his KCSE examination in November 1993 under index number 16032063.”
“As an academic institution, we take matters of students status with utmost seriousness,” said the principal who added that they (the school) are open to further clarification with regards to the school’s students.
The embattled governor who has been summoned by the Department of Criminal Investigation to record statements on the matter has had another person come to his defense.
According to a video by the Daily Nation, a man identified as Steven Ochieng Odindo claims to be an old desk-mate of Joho at Serani Secondary School.
Ochieng told Daily Nation that he and the governor wrote the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination between October 21 to November 1993.
Ochieng went on to describe Joho as a funny, kind and humble man during their time in school.
”He loved football and basketball but did not like politics am still wondering how he turned up to be a great politician in the country.”
”We are the ones who know our classmates am wondering why people are saying his KCSE result is fake when my desk was next to his at school.”
Governor Ali Hassan Joho has remained adamant all through the certificate forgery row, reiterating that it is not fake. He is expected to show his KCSE results at a public press conference on Tuesday before honoring the summon on Wednesday where he would record a required statement.