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Coastal leaders call for Joho's resignation in degree saga

02 May 2014, 16:05 Harrison Mbungu

Mombasa - A section of political leaders in Mombasa County want the county's gubernatorial seat declared vacant after the Ugandan National Council on Higher Education (NCHE) called for the revocation of governor Ali Hassan Joho's degree.

Political experts said Joho will have to vacate from office once the recommendation is adopted by the NCHE.

Nominated senator Emma Mbura on Thursday afternoon said it was unconstitutional to have a governor in office without a degree terming it as violating the Kenya's constitution.

The constitution stipulates that if a governor loses his seat the deputy governor takes over before holding fresh elections.

“I want to ask the government to declare the Mombasa County seat vacant. It’s unconstitutional for a person to hold office without proper papers," said Mbura on the sidelines of Labour Day celebrations in Mombasa.

A court petition was filed by Silas Otuke challenging Johos academic credentials and the Business Administration degree which was awarded to him by the Kampala university.

The committee also recommended that thorough investigation be carried on all students who graduated from the institution at the same date with Joho.

According to political experts, this may set a new twist on the governor’s political ambitions if NCHE adopts the report and once the court nullifies his election.

Even though the case is still in court, the committee recommended that the NCHE should not recommend the certificate issued to Joho on 28 February, 2013.

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