UoN revokes Senator Mithika Linturi’s degree over fake papers
The University of Nairobi has revoked the degree it awarded to Meru Senator Mithika Linturi for presenting fake papers to get admission.
The university’s Senate sat and resolved to de-register the Bachelor of Commerce award on Thursday morning.
Sources at the university told the Nation that the revocation followed an elaborate and in-depth investigation that UoN did jointly with the Commission for University Education (CUE).
Mr Linturi was among 106 leaders the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) flagged as having integrity issues in a list it presented to IEBC in June.
EACC wanted IEBC to block Mr Linturi from running for the Meru seat but he took the fight to the High Court and got temporary reprieve.
But on 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.
Separately, Mr Mugambi Imanyara, who also ran for the Meru seat on Party of National Unity ticket, has challenged the senator’s election win, questioning his integrity.
The case is pending before the High Court in Meru.
Mr Linturi, who ran and won the seat on a Jubilee ticket, suffered a major blow on November 22 after Judge Ann Ong’injo ordered IEBC to furnish the petitioner with certified copies of Mr Linturi’s academic papers.
Judge Ong’injo also ordered the electoral commission 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 hearing of the case will begin on December 11.