Waititu presents ‘proof’ of his university education at India amid Kabogo’s doubts
Kabete Member of Parliament (MP) Ferdinand Waititu has dismissed Kiambu Governor William Kabogo’s statements about his academic qualifications, insisting that he has the requisite qualifications to hold elective office.
The parliamentarian on Saturday, March 12 released pictures showing a relatively young Waititu dressed in a graduation gown.
Another picture shows Waititu with a friend at an annual function of foreign students in ‘Panjab University’.
Pundits have interpreted this new development as an attempt to disprove Kabogo and others who doubt the veracity of his university education.
If formally verified, this ‘evidence’ could come in handy for the Kabete MP, considering Kabogo has already filed a case in court challenging his academic qualifications.
Waititu says he was in Punjab University, SGGS College from 1985 to 1988 where he graduated with Second Class Honors Upper Division in Bachelor of Commerce.
The legislator maintains his papers are valid and he never met Kabogo in India because the governor was in the university some years before him.
Kabogo moved to court on Friday claiming that Waititu is unfit to contest for any elective office due to his academic qualifications.
Kabogo, through his lawyer Issa Mansur, argued that Waititu does not possess a valid degree from a recognized university and there is no evidence proving that the MP attended Punjab University in India.
The Kiambu Governor said that he is an alumnus of Punjab University in India and was surprised by Waititu’s claims that he was in the same university.
Kabogo wanted the case referred to the Chief Justice to constitute a bench to hear and determine the petition.
Justice Joseph Onguto has certified the matter as urgent and directed it to be heard on April 5.
In January 2013 when Waititu was serving as Embakasi MP, he asserted that he has valid papers from Punjab University.
The MP said that doubts about his academic credentials were being raised by his opponents.
The certificates he presented at a media briefing bore the name Clifford Ndung’u Waititu and included a 1981 Kenya Certificate of Education and a leaving certificate from Siri Guru College in India and his degree certificate while the name ‘Ferdinand’ appears on his national Identity Card and his passport.
Under Section 25(1) 9(a) of Elections Act, a candidate must satisfy any educational, moral and ethical requirements prescribed by the Constitution and the Act.
Citizen Digital could not independently verify authenticity of Waitutu’s photos.
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