Court dismisses case challenging Taita Governor Granton Samboja’s election

Taita Taveta governor Granton Samboja casting his vote at Mwakishimba primary school on October 26th PHOTO FATUMA RASHID

Taita Taveta,KENYA:A court in Voi on Monday threw out a petition challenging the election of Taita Taveta governor Granton Samboja.

The petition was filed by two voters Armstrong Kiwoi and Johnson Nyambu who questioned Samboja’s degree.

They argued that his election was not valid alleging that his academic credentials were not valid.

Voi high court judge Justice Eric Ogola said the court lacked the capacity to ascertain the validity of Samboja’s degree certificate.

He however directed the Ethics and Anti-corruption commission and the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to proceed with another integrity case that seeks to challenge the Governor’s credentials.

The two petitioners were also ordered to foot the cost of the suit which amounts to sh 500,000.

The governor’s credentials indicate that he attended Kenyatta University between 2002 to 2009 where he studied for a certificate, diploma and Degree respectively.

However, the university disowned the credentials late last year.