Othaya MP does not want to produce school certificates

OTHAYA MP Mary Wambui has opposed an application at Nyeri High Court which wants her to produce her academic certificates.

Wambui, through her lawyer Cecil Miller, yesterday opposed the application by petitioner Peter King’ara who wants her to produce certified copies of her O-level and post-secondary school certificates and diplomas.

In the petition filed against her election, King'ara said Wambui testified two weeks ago that she has an O-level certificate from the British Council.

“We want to know whether she had all the qualifications required to vie for a parliamentary seat,” King’ara’s lawyer Kyalo Mbobu said.

Miller said the application has no basis and only seeks to have the court "act in vain".

He said the law did not have a provision for educational qualifications to vie for a parliamentary seat in the last general elections.

Wambui opposed the application by the petitioner to allow the court to order for a scrutiny and recount of votes cast in Othaya in the March 4 polls.

“There are no sufficient reasons and evidence for the court to warrant the scrutiny at this time. We are only left with submissions and judgment.

A recount will not effectively determine the petition,” Miller said.

King’ara had applied that the court order for a scrutiny and recount of votes cast arguing that more than 90 out of the 112 polling stations had anomalies and 4,600 votes are missing.

IEBC, through its lawyer Gideon Kibet, opposed the application saying a vote recount cannot be allowed at this stage since the court has no time.

King’ara’s lawyer Mbobu said the truth will only be established if a scrutiny and recount of the votes is done.

By the time of going to press, Justice Jairus Ngaah had not given a ruling nor indicated when he will announce his decision.

This article was published by THE STAR on July 23