Kabete Member of Parliament Ferdinand Waititu has suffered a major blow in his race to dethrone Kiambu Governor William Kabogo in the coming 2017 polls after India’s Punjab University denied Waititu obtained a degree from there.
In certification documents filed by Kabogo to justify his claims that Waititu has no university degree, Punjab University indicated that it was Waititu’s brother, Clifford Ndung’u Waititu, who actually went to the university, an indication that the legislator may have been using his brother’s documents all along.
“The name of Ferdinand Waititu is not in on record as a student of B.Com Degree course during the academic sessions 1985-86 to 1987-88,” a document from the university attached in an affidavit filed by Kabogo on Tuesday, April 26, reads in part.
The university says that instead the admission number Waititu has been using to claim he was a student at Punjab University belongs to one Clifford Ndung’u Waititu and not Ferdinand Waititu.
Clifford Ndung’u is believed to be the legislator’s brother.
“The name of the student having registration No. 85-GC-555 is Clifford Ndung’u Waititu during the academic session 1985-86, 1986-87 and 1987-88 for B.Com through degree course,” the document produced by the governor further states.
Kabogo, according to Capital FM, further tabled copies of birth certificate of Waititu’s brother and mother to justify that indeed it was not the MP who went and studied at the university.
According to him, Waititu’s primary school certificate bears a different name from that of his secondary school certificate, implying that he was using one of his brother’s certificates.
“If indeed the respondent proceeded to Ruiru High School as he claims at paragraph 33(j) of the replying affidavit, the respondent could not have been admitted under a different name other than the name in the Certificate of Primary Education examinations,” Kabogo said in the affidavit.
The governor filed the affidavit after High Court Judge Joseph Onguto demanded that he substantiates that Waititu never went to university.
The constitution demands that anyone who wants to become governor must have at least a university degree.
Waititu has indicated his desire to dethrone Kabogo as Kiambu governor come 2017, but Kabogo is determined to ensure that Waititu’s name does not appear in the ballot.
The two have been embroiled in tussles over the same, with their differences dividing opinion sharply in the Jubilee coalition and the Kiambu county.
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