Meru Senator Mithika Linturi’s Degree from the University of Nairobi was not too long ago revoked by the university itself after he was alleged to have applied to join the university with fake papers.
He claims that he was supposed to graduate on the 22nd of December this year with a Bachelor of laws degree and has paid fees for a Master’s programme at the same university. He has gone to the High Court seeking readmission.
Linturi also claims that on November 30th 2017, via news on television, he discovered that he had been deregistered as a UoN student.
“This was the first time the applicant heard that he had been deregistered by UoN,” lawyer Tom Ojienda said.
According to court documents, UoN is questioning the legitimacy of Linturi’s degree from Babasaheb Ambedakar Marathwada University in India (formerly known as Marathwada University). He claims that rumours of him having a fake degree were started by his opponents during elections so that he’d not win the senatorial seat.
He claims that on May 17th 2017, MM Gitonga Advocates, a law firm, wrote to the University of Nairobi asking that they be given Linturi’s admission records. The firm claimed Linturi used fake Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination results and was, therefore, not qualified to join a law class at UoN. On June 14, 2017, UoN wrote to the law firm confirming that the applicant was qualified to pursue a law degree and re-affirmed his admission.