The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Voter Doubts Joho Degrees, Asks Court to Disqualify Him

A voter in Mombasa has moved to court seeking to block Ali Hassan Joho from running for governor on grounds that his academic qualifications are questionable.

Janet Ndago says Joho and his running mate Hazel Katana are not holders of valid degrees from universities recognised in Kenya as required of candidates vying for specified electoral positions.

Ndago, a registered voter in Likoni constituency, claims the two are using "unorthodox and fraudulent means" to pretend that they are holders of degrees from universities recognised in Kenya when they are not.

Through lawyer Kibe Mungai, Ndago wants the court to issue a declaration that Joho and Katana do not meet the basic academic qualification recognised in Kenya to vie for governor and deputy governor in Mombasa.

She says she is afraid her right to be represented by a duly qualified governor and his deputy will be violated, as the IEBC is set to confirm the nomination of the two tomorrow, yet they are not qualified. Ndago has sued the Kenya National Examination Council, the IEBC, the University of Nairobi and the Attorney General.

Before her case is heard, the voter wants the court to order KNEC to furnish her with certified copies of the politicians KCSE examination result slips.

Ndago also wants the UON ordered to supply her with certified copies of transcripts for any degree course that Joho may have enrolled for at the university.

She wants certified confirmation of Joho's graduation in the degree course he enrolled for. Ndago says the documents are important in her case as they will enable her to effectively and meaningfully object to their candidature.

She argues that under the constitution and the Elections Act, candidates for governor and his deputy must be holders of a degree from a university recognised in Kenya.

Also sought is a declaration that the nomination of Joho and Katana to contest for the two top seats in Mombasa will violate her rights under Article 38 of the Constitution. Ndago wants the court to declare their nomination null and void, if it finds the two not fit to run. The application will be heard today.

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