President Dr. William Ruto's camp has been left happy hours after the high court Squashed the degree requirement for candidates to run for gubernatorial positions.
The law mandating a degree for gubernatorial candidates was overturned by the supreme court this morning. Section 22(2) of the Elections Act has been deemed unconstitutional by Justice Antony Mrima.
"A person may be nominated as a candidate for election as President, Deputy President, County Governor or deputy County Governor only if the person is a holder of a degree from a university recognized in Kenya," the Act specifies.
This is good news for Ruto's allied members with the likes of Oscar Sudi who is still battling in court for allegedly forging degrees.
The Nairobi governor, Johnson Sakaja's degree papers have consistently been questioned amid allegations he did not complete his Actuarial Science degree. However, he maintains that he completed his studies at the University of Nairobi in 2003 and indeed graduated.
Linturi Mithika is another outstanding leader on the radar. In a list it provided to the IEBC in June 2017, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) identified the Meru Senator as having integrity difficulties. The politician presents himself as a University of Nairobi Bachelor of Commerce graduate, however, an investigator with the EACC revealed in a written declaration that he was never registered as a student for the program and was not among those who graduated in 2001.
The former Kakamega Senator, Cleophas Malala, who was running for governor of the same county, has been charged with possessing phony academic documents. In particular, his University degree and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) papers are being contested by members of the public. The contentious politician recently stepped forth to clarify the situation.
To sum the list up, Mike Mbuvi and Baba Yao Waititu Fednarnd have questionable academic papers, and should the ruling stand till the next General elections, they will surely be grateful.
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