Governor Mutua questions Kavindu’s academic credentials

Written By: Margaret Kalekye

Agnes Kavindu Muthama (L)

The debacle surrounding the academic qualifications of Wiper senatorial candidate Agnes Kavindu Muthama is threatening to derail her efforts to capture the Machakos senate seat.

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Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader Dr Alfred Mutua is now casting doubt over her eligibility just a week to the by-election slated for Thursday next week.

The Machakos governor who has fronted a former Cabinet Minister John Mutua Katuku to fly the party’s flag in the poll says Kavindu is not academically qualified to run for the hotly contested seat that will be a litmus test for key parties battling for political control of the region.

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Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Governor Alfred Mutua and former Senator Johnston Muthama are now engaging in a supremacy battle on who should lead the Kamba community in the country’s succession politics.

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Dr Mutua is questioning how Kavindu, was cleared to vie by the electoral agency IEBC despite having glaring academic inadequacies.

He claims that Kavindu’s purported degree certificate has been disputed as she did not transit through secondary school.

Ms Kavindu, the ex-wife to former Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama is among 11 candidates who were last month cleared to run for the seat by IEBC.

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Her educational competence was brought to the fore after a letter by Chama cha Uzalendo party to  IEBC was leaked seeking clarification about her academic qualifications.

According to the letter, Kavindu only attended primary school and there exists no proof that she proceeded to secondary school.

Her opponents are calling for her disqualification since the constitution mandates that a candidate must have a minimum of secondary education to run for Senate.

Chebukati is yet to respond to the claims coming in the wake of a warning by the commission against aspirants with fake certificates ahead of the 2022 general election that is expected to attract close to 20,000 candidates.

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Chebukati last month said shock awaits those who will be seeking elective posts with forged certificates.

He said the Commission is working closely with the Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) to stamp out academic fraud among aspirants.

The Authority revealed that it had stepped up its engagement with various stakeholders in a bid to get rid of fake academic certificates in the country.

Dr Mwiria disclosed that the authority has developed a national database for all qualifications which will be a one-stop-shop for all qualifications in the country.

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