Meru Senator Mithika Linturi has moved to court to challenge the University of Nairobi’s decision to de-register him.
Linturi accuses his political opponents, Milton Mugambi Imanyara and then Meru Governor Peter Munya, who allegedly swore that they would do anything to ensure that his name was not on the ballot for the August 8th elections, of being behind the de-registration.
Through his lawyer, Tom Ojienda, the legislator said he was summoned by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) for investigations on May 30.
“EACC had conclusively investigated the allegations that Linturi’s self-declaration forms for 2013 elections, filed with IEBC, were falsified,” court papers state.
Linturi wants the court to quash the decision by UoN to deregister and discontinue him as its student.
He says that it was “illegal, unreasonable and an utter show of bad faith” for UoN to deregister him without conducting its own independent investigations.
He claims that the actions of UoN “tell of nothing but a public body that has allowed itself to be used illegally by the EACC in an utter unapologetic show of abuse of power to harass, intimidate and violate his rights to education.”
The university revoked the degree after claims the Senator presented fake papers for admission in 2014.
The university said its Senate resolved to de-register the lawmaker following investigations that revealed his degree from India was forged and used to secure the admission in 2014.
Linturi was admitted to UoN on January 3, 2014, and was to graduate on December 22 with a Bachelor of Law Degree.
But on November 30, he “learned with shock” that the institution had de-registered him.
Senator Mithika Linturi says the university did not inform him in writing that it was investigating his degree with the aim of de-registering him.
He also noted that it was in violation of Article 47 of the constitution.
“It was illegal, unreasonable and an utter show of bad faith for UoN to de-register the applicant without conducting its own independent investigations, informing him and at the very least affording him his right to be heard,” said the lawyer.