Two Machakos voters have filed a complaint with the electoral commission, questioning the decision to allow Wavinya Ndeti, the former Transport chief administrative secretary, to run for governor.
Mr Gideon Ngewa Kenya and Mr Kisilu Mutisya want Ms Ndeti’s clearance revoked by the Independent Electoral and Independent Commission’s (IEBC) disputes resolution committee due to concerns that she is unqualified to run for the seat.
The voters say in the complaint that the Wiper Democratic Party candidate lacks a university degree, as required by law.
As a result, they assert that she is ineligible and that the IEBC’s decision to clear her bid is null and void.
They contend that her academic credentials are shaky and contradictory, and that despite her claims to have studied in the United Kingdom, there is no evidence of her ever registered in the country under her names.
“Ms. Ndeti does not have a recognized degree in Kenya. On November 6, 1992 she was purportedly awarded a Masters degree in Business systems analysis and design by the City University, London without having undertaken a first degree,” said the complainants.
They went on to say that Ms Ndeti obtained a bachelor’s degree in computing studies from South Bank University in London on July 18, 1995.
“Undertaking a degree after being awarded a masters in a closely-related subject is equally problematic. The degree in Computing Studies awarded by South Bank University to Ms Ndeti raises a number of issues,” the complainants claim.