In Summary
  • The court found that Mr Abdi did have a valid undergraduate degree certificate.
  • Justice Mabeya says the election was marred by irregularities.
  • Court orders a by-election to be held in accordance with the constitution and electoral laws.

Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi has lost his seat after the election court declared his victory as null and void.

In his judgement, Justice Alfred Mabeya said that the Jubilee governor was not legally cleared to contest for the seat in the August 8, 2017 General Election.

The court found that Mr Abdi did not have a valid undergraduate degree certificate and that the election was marred by irregularities.

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The judge said the governor failed to turn up in court to dispel claims the he did not have a degree.

He said coming to court for cross examination was a good chance for him to rebut the allegations.

Justice Mabeya added that it was doubtful that the governor would have obtained a masters degree from Kampala University within six months.

The judge said a letter from Commission of University Education showing that the university was recognised by the commission was not enough.

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