Council seeks DPP action against Moi University over law degrees

April 4, 2017 8:57 am
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The Council had issued a notice that did not include the university among those allowed to teach law with only 10 institutions allowed to undertake the course/COURTESY

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 4 – The Council of Legal Education now wants the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to take action against Moi University for undertaking law classes despite not being licensed to offer the course.

The Council’s Chief Executive Officer Kulundu Bitonye stated that the school of law at the institution is severely incapacitated and cannot effectively deliver the program.

In a statement, Bitonye stressed that any activity undertaken by the school of law is criminal and appropriate action should be taken.

“The Council would like to bring to the notice of the Council and Management of Moi University the provisions of Section 43 and 44 of the Legal Education Act. Section 43 subsection (1) (a) and (c) in particular criminalises false statements, representations, documents or information which are false,” he said.

He further dismissed an earlier statement by Vice Chancellor Laban Ayiro who maintained that its Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree course meets national and regional standards.

“The press releases issued by the Moi University Council and Vice-Chancellor Prof Laban P. Ayiro on the 22nd, 23rd, and 28th March 2017 are therefore simple and plain falsehoods and are misleading to the public and in particular the students at the Moi University of law,” he said.

He explained that on April 15, 2016, the Council published a status report of legal education providers where clearly Moi University’s School of Law was absent since it is not a legal education provider.

“The status report which appeared on the 21st March 2017 is the second consecutive report by the Council. Because Moi University has not taken any corrective steps to comply with the Law, its name is of course missing from the list,” he indicated.

The Council had issued a notice that did not include the university among those allowed to teach law with only 10 institutions allowed to undertake the course.

In September 2015, the university was once again declared unfit to teach law for being poorly equipped and failure to have staff.

In April 4 last year, High Court Judge George Odunga nullified the council’s finding that Moi University should stop offering the course.

The judge criticised the council for violating the law when it closed the universities, adding that its role was restricted to setting standards.

Following the ruling, the Council moved to the court of appeal and a determination on the matter is still pending.

The legal education council regulates legal education and training and also licenses universities offering law courses.

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