A petition has been filed challenging the academic qualifications of Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala.
Fred Muke , who filled the petition claimed that the validity of Malala’s KCSE certificate is in dissension and the court should resolve the matter before he is cleared to vie for the Kakamega Governor seat in the August General Election.
Muke further wants the court to stop the Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission [IEBC] from gazetting Malala’s name as a candidate in the upcoming polls pending the hearing and determination of the case.
He also wants the respondents compelled to avail necessary documentation and records in support of Malala’s degree and KCSE certificates.
The petitioner precludes that while Senator Malala asserts to have graduated in August 2011, the degree in his possession was issued in August 2019. The petitioner further claims Malala’s name is neither featured on the 2011 nor 2019 list of United States International University [USIU] graduands.
“The degree reads 2019 since it’s the date I collected it, but my graduation had been around 2010 or 2011 I do not remember the date but I know it was a clan affair and that is where I announced my intention to vie for the MCA seat. The problem with you journalists is that you have not graduated so these things may be difficult to follow,” he stated
On the Senator’s KCSE certificate, the petitioner claims that the document features a different KNEC code from the one issued to Friends School Kamusinga where he sat the exam. The petitioner also claims that the subjects that were being taught at the school during the same period are different to those on Malala’s KCSE certificate.
Despite the confusion, a spot check confirmed that Malala’s name was in the USIU graduation list for 2011 and his documents have been certified by the Commission of Higher Education.