MP Joseph Magwanga academic qualifications challenged in court

file photo: Kasipul Kabondo MP Joseph Oyugi Magwanga

A Homa Bay resident George Omondi Okoth has moved to court to challenge academic qualifications of Kasipul Kabondo MP Joseph Oyugi Magwanga who is a gubernatorial aspirant in the county.

Okoth wants the court to issue an order of injunction restraining IEBC from accepting and or receiving the party nomination certificate or any nomination certificate from Magwanga and ODM party or any party which certificates certifies his nomination to run for the seat of Governor in Homa Bay in the August general Elections pending the hearing and determination of the petition.

He is also seeking an order compelling the Commission for Higher Education and Kenya National Examination Council jointly and severally to supply to him or to the court Magwanga’s academic certificates in their possession.

Okoth claims that Magwanga does not possess requisite educational qualifications to vie as a governor noting his degree “if at all he has any” was obtained fraudulently.

He further says that it is in the public knowledge that Magwanga did not join any university after maybe seating KCSE certificate and cannot qualify for any admission into any university in Kenya or East Africa.

Magwanga is alleged to be running as an independent candidate after losing the nominations to the current governor Cyprian Awiti.

Okoth questions whether IEBC will have misapplied and thereby violating the constitutional principle of the rule of law provided under chapter six of the constitution if it clears Magwanga to vie as governor notwithstanding his degree certificate having been obtained fraudulently or having none at all.

The matter will be heard inter-parties on May 8th 2017.