November 16, 2018

New court case emerges to block Raila from vying in August election

A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) moved to court on Wednesday (19/04/17) seeking to block Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga from vying in the August 8 General Election.

Human Rights Africa filed the case at the High Court questioning Mr Odinga’s degree which is said to have been acquired between 1965 and 1970.

Through lawyer Robert Onyango, the organisation wants the Opposition leader compelled to produce evidence that he holds a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

It further seeks an order to have the Commission for University Education (CUE) verify the former Prime Minister’s academic credentials.

“The 1st respondent has always claimed publicly that he attended university between the years of 1965-1970 to study a Master of Sciences in Mechanical Engineering.

So far, he has only produced a certificate acquired in the years of 1962-1965, Certificate of Higher Education from Herder Institute, Leipzig, German Democratic Republic, with competence in German Language. The lack of clarity emanates from the fact that the university in which the 1st Respondent claims to have attended only recently became a university and hence could not by all means have conferred a degree in 1970.”

According to the body, the former Prime Minister claims to have acquired his Master’s in 1970, yet the institution he attended only became a university recently.

“The lack of clarity emanates from the fact that the university in which the 1st respondent claims to have attended only recently became a university and hence could not, by all means, have conferred a degree in 1970,” read the court papers.

The NGO also wants the same order issued to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) compelled to institute charges against Odinga.

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