Rivals up in arms over Maina Kamanda academic papers

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Maina Kamanda
Starehe MP Maina Kamanda. PHOTO: NMG

You know its electioneering period when politicians are hell bent on ensuring their opponent’s names don’t appear on the ballot.

During the previous election, Starehe MP Maina Kamanda was accused of providing cooked documents with his nomination papers.

Maina Kamanda
Kamanda (in blue coat) at a past event. Image: Daily Nation. PHOTO: NMG

The accusations led the CID to probe the matter following a request by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions headed by Keriako Tobiko, after members of Amani Kariakor-Pangani group lodged a complaint.

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Kamanda had been accused of forging his O-level certificate, saying it had been issued by the East African Education Council in 1974, yet he has never been inside a secondary school classroom.

Well, he went on to win the election but four years later, in 2017, the accusations of forgery are back to haunt him.

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A source within Kamanda’s inner circle who sought anonymity, revealed recently that his documents could have been forged and presented to the IEBC as earlier claimed.

According to the source, Kamanda, who is defending his seat in the forthcoming elections, is in trouble as his opponents have ganged up to challenge the authenticity of his papers, in a court of law this time around.

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They are; Steve Mbogo (ODM), Gathogo Gikonyo (Jubilee), Mwaniki Kwenya (Maendeleo Chap Chap) among others.

“His certificates are fake, the institutions he purports to have attended were closed a long time ago so he decided to take advantage of this. JKUAT and St Paul Universities senates are also investigating his attendance at their institutions,” Nairobi News quoted the source.