By Michelle Anzaya
The Kenya Universities Students Organization (KUSO) is appealing to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to urgently and with immediate effect pronounce their position on the forgery cases surrounding Meru Senator Mithika Linturi.
Addressing the media from a Nairobi Hotel, the organization led by its President Antony Manyara say that the move will save the country the big expense of legal battles that will arise should such a person, in complete disregard to all legal requirements, proceed to be cleared as a candidate in the forthcoming elections.
“The DCI should also initiate fresh investigations as to whether Linturi attended Primary School and what were the grades he scored,” Manyara said.
Manyara further said that backed by overwhelming evidence, the public, and the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) should be well informed that Franklin Mithika Linturi is not eligible to vie for Meru Governor or any other position within Kenya, apart from MCA, which does not require a degree to qualify contesting.
He added that should Linturi present a degree by Court Order (which was deregistered by UoN), his Party must understand that comrades are barometers of wisdom and decanted knowledge- they know the law- and will not hesitate to exhaust legal options to weed out academic impunity from 2022 elections.
“Should Linturi, by a whisker or cranny, evade the degree requirement, it is a matter of public knowledge that his form 4 grade is also in doubt, with evidence showing that he only managed a D (plain) score at Igembe Boys Secondary School in 1989, then allegedly went to Meru Technical where he pursued a Certificate Course in Accountancy which he didn’t complete. KUSO will thus question the strength of his secondary school grade vis a vis necessary minimum requirement meriting admission to any University in Kenya or even India,” Manyara outlined.
KUSO also says that despite overwhelming evidence to facilitate Linturi’s alleged hate speech case, he found loopholes and via unscrupulous means, ensured the investigations never saw the light of day.
‘We demand that the DPP charges the suspect since the withdrawal of the Miscellaneous Criminal Application was not acquittal and neither is it a bar from prosecuting the suspect: recommendations well-articulated by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission, NCIC,’ KUSO said.