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Garissa ex-governor seeking to stop prosecution over forged academic documents

Garissa governor Nathif Jama has gone to court seeking to stop his prosecution over accused forged degree certificate gotten 32 years ago.

Mr Jama moved to sue Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet and Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko.

According to Mr Jama’s lawyers the IG and DPP should be barred from looking into the allegations regarding his client’s Bachelor of Commerce degree certificate from the University of Karachi, Pakistan.

Through his lawyer Mr Jama said that the criminal justice system is being used to settle political scores and to humiliate him.

He added that it was also a move to frustrate him in his ongoing election petition against the present governor, Ali Bunnow Korane.

He also stated, “He is uncertain that his constitutional rights and freedom are under in looming risk of breach by way of an illegal arrest or charge to be effected by the IG and the DPP.”

According to Mr Jama he presented himself before the senior superintendent of police on October 13TH to answer the questions regarding his alleged forged academic documents.

He clarified that he fully cooperated with the police and has been at the DCI headquarters three times.

Mr Jama claims he lost his transcripts back in 1997.

He also claimed that the prosecution was intent on tampering with his physical presence in court whenever his election petition is heard

He further states that he was born on June 5, 1959 and not January 1, 1969.

He also argues that he was given an identification card which had an inaccuracy on the birth date but has since been corrected.

The former Garissa Governor also possesses a Master of Arts degree from the University of Gloucestershire in the UK.

He is asking for an order to stop his prosecution till he produces his final academic transcripts from the said institution

He is also asking the court to grant him an anticipatory bail awaiting his looming trial.

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