Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho faces a fresh hurdle in his bid to retain his seat in the August polls after a petitioner moved to court seeking his blocking on grounds of academic incompetence.
Nairobi-based Abdullah Juma in papers filed at the High Court on Tuesday, April 11 wants the county boss disqualified from the aspirants register for fraudulently obtaining his university degree.
Juma also seeks to have the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) barred from gazetting the governor, who has been in the headlines for numerous run-ins with the President Uhuru Kenyatta administration, as an aspirant.
Individuals seeking to run for county governor or deputy county governor are required by the Election Act to possess a degree from a recognised university.
The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), University of Nairobi and the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) have been enjoined as respondents in the petition.
KNEC in March this year wrote to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations claiming the 1992 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) result slip that Joho is alleged to have used to gain admission to the University of Nairobi was forged.
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