, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 20 – The High Court has declined to rescind a decision by the University of Nairobi to deregister Meru Senator Mithika Linturi for presenting fake papers to get admission.
In his ruling, Justice George Odunga stated that had not been convinced why the temporary order should be granted pending determination of the case.
The university’s Senate sat resolved not to include him in the graduation list after a probe revealed that the degree from a university in India he used to secure admission at the institution in 2014 was forged.
The judge observed that no prejudice will be suffered by the lawmaker if he does not graduate on Friday and stated that any contrary ruling would set a bad precedent.
Linturi was among 106 leaders that the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) flagged as having integrity issues in a list it presented to Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in June.
The anti-graft body wanted the Commission to block Linturi from running for the Meru seat but he took the fight to the High Court and got a temporary reprieve.
In June 30, the Senator lost his bid to stop EACC from summoning him over alleged false self-declaration forms he submitted to the commission in 2013.
The Senator’s forms indicated that he had a Bachelor of Commerce degree in insurance.