Meru Senator moves to court to block his arrest over ‘fake degree’


Meru Senator Mithinka Linturi has moved to court seeking to block the police from arresting him for his alleged fake degree.

In a certificate of urgency file on Friday at Nairobi High Court, Linturi wants the DPP and EACC restrained from probing him and recommending his prosecution pending the hearing and determination of the application.
The Senator also wants to be granted conservatory orders to stay the decision by University of Nairobi from deregistering him from the program and studies in the university.
Linturi claims that police and the DPP are planning to institute criminal proceedings against him based on incomplete and scanty investigations.
He argues that PNU candidate Milton Mugambi Imanyara is using state agencies to harass and intimidate him with the ultimate objective of benefiting from his removal.
“The purpose of the intended criminal proceedings is meant to interfere with my mandate and cut short my tenure as a senator,” he says.
Through lawyer James Orengo, the lawmaker says the intended prosecution will make his work difficult in delivering his mandate to the people of Meru.
The lawmaker further claims the intended prosecution has ulterior and extraneous purpose whose predominant objective is to end his political career as a Senator and to close any opportunities of him serving the public.
The petitioner argues that he was admitted to the university to study a Bachelor of Law degree having attained the academic qualification and met the terms and conditions for admission in the law faculty in the university.
Linturi says if the decision is not halted, he is likely to lose four academic years and never get the chance to pursue postgraduate studies.
The University of Nairobi has since deregistered and dis-continued the senator.
Last month, Justice George Odunga declined to direct the university to re-admit and include him in the graduation list.
The responders in the matter are the DPP, EACC, Inspector General of police, Milton Mugambi Imanyara and the University of Nairobi.