A Human Rights Activist has moved to court seeking to bar Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), from clearing Cleophas Malala to vie for gubernatorial position.
Fred Muka through his lawyer Duncan Okatch wants the court to issue orders restraining IEBC from registering Malala as Gubernatorial candidate for KakaMega County Ahead of the General Elections slated for August 9, 2022.
“Pending the hearing and determination of this application, the court is pleased to issue orders restraining IEBC from gazzetting Malala as Gubernatorial candidate for KakaMega County Ahead of the General Elections, “added Okatch.
They also wants the court to compel the returning officer Kakamega County, The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to probe the authenticity of the documents adduced by Malala to verify their legitimacy and file a report in court within 7 days.
The petitioners says that for one to be cleared to vie for gubernatorial position, one must meet all the criteria provided for by the law including being a holder of a degree from a recognized in Kenya.
“Failure to meet any of the criteria provided means that a person means that a person is automatically disqualified from vying for a gubernatorial position for failing to satisfy requisite conditions, “added Malala.
Okatch says that Malala has alleged that he graduated from United States International University (USIU) with a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems to Technology.
They say that this matter is of public interest and must be heard on a priority basis.
Malala has joined the list of Kenyan Politicians with questionable academic papers.
Malala has been accused of having fake academic papers. The Activist is contesting both his University degree and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) papers.