The University of Nairobi has announced it has revoked the degree awarded to Meru Senator Mithika Linturi.
The university’s Senate on Thursday morning made the announcement saying they resolved to de-register Senator Linturi’s Bachelor of Commerce degree after long deliberations because he presented fake papers to get admission.
A senior official at the Ministry of Education confirmed the new development.
The official said an investigation was jointly undertaken with the Commission for University Education following complaints from several people including Senator Mithika Linturi’s political opponents.
He is just one of the many casualties to face the wrath of the Commission for University Education which is implementing tough measures outlined by the Ministry of Education through the Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi.
Mr. Linturi’s academic qualification had been first called into question a long time ago. It came up again when the already two-term lawmaker was running for Senate.
Mr. Linturi was among 106 politicians the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) flagged as having integrity issues ahead of the election.
Linturi’s name among others was submitted to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in June for further investigation and to block him from running for senatorial office.
The then Igembe South MP took the fight to the High Court and got a temporary reprieve.
He, however, suffered a huge blow when the High Court granted his opponent for the Meru seat, Mr. Mugambi Imanyara, access to his academic record as his integrity was called into question.
Judge Ong’injo ordered the IEBC and county returning officer Samuel Gichichi to furnish Mr. Mugambi with self-declaration forms and certified copies of the senator’s academic qualifications.
Mr. Imanyara, through his lawyers James Odour and Martin Gitonga, had told the court that the lawmaker’s declaration forms and academic papers were crucial in the hearing.
The case is pending before the High Court in Meru and hearing will begin on December 11.
It is almost certain that Senator Mithika Linturi will go ahead to lose his seat and might even face charges of fraud.