Higher Education Minister Michael Kaingu is now contending with Electoral Commission of Zambia Acting Chairperson Justice Christopher Mushabati over the grade 12 requirement for candidates contesting the 11 August elections.
Justice Mushabati emphasised yesterday (Tuesday) that all candidates with Diploma and Degree qualifications who do not have Grade 12 certificates (or its equivalent such as form 5 and foreign qualifications) will be disqualified from contesting the August 11 elections.
Kaingu himself does not have a grade certificate or its equivalent since he failed standard 2 in the 1950s. He claims to have a Cambridge School Certificate but this is doubtful. A check at one of the organisations that he submitted his CV in the past shows that he does not even have a University degree. The Watchdog suspects that Kaingu will have problems even producing his Doctorate Degree which he claims to have.
Even his master of business admin was by long distance education with Mancosa.
Justice Mushabati stressed that all candidates in all categories must possess a minimum of Grade 12 or General certificate of Education GEC with a minimum of a pass in English being a must have.
Kaingu however has reacted to Justice Mushabati claiming that there is a misunderstanding and has even assured politicians without grade 12 certificates that they will be considered and is calling for the Attorney General to help interpret the grade 12 requirement in the amended constitution.
A few days ago Kaingu had hallucinated that some people have no grade 12 certificates but possess university degrees having been admitted after passing aptitude tests and was quick to mention that he could not speak on behalf of the Electoral Commission of Zambia.
He is now attempting to speak for the Electoral Commission against his own words and it is possible that Kaingu may be fighting for his own ‘survival’ so that he submits his ‘Doctorate’ degree in place of a grade 12 certificate.