The Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has written to the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai advising him to broaden investigations to determine the authenticity of degree certificates that were presented by political aspirants before the Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission for clearance to run for elective seats.
Haji was reacting to an earlier press statement by the National Police Service that shone the spotlight on Nairobi gubernatorial aspirant Johnson Sakaja and Machakos gubernatorial aspirant Wavinya Ndeti.
"It is prudent to expand the scope of investigations beyond the two gubernatorial aspirants to include complaints against aspirants lodged with the IEBC and relevant Government Agencies, including complaints circulating in the digital, print and electronic media," the letter read in part.
The DPP further underscored that there is a need to investigate the role of government agencies, departments and commissions to determine whether they aided and/or abetted the commission of any offences in the issuance of the relevant clearance.
National Police Service launch investigations on Sakaja's and Wavinya's academic credentials
In a press statement shared earlier today, the service said they were launching an investigation to determine the authenticity of academic certificates presented by Sakaja and Machakos gubernatorial candidate Wavinya Ndeti.
"Owing to the constitutional and legal mandate bestowed upon it, the NPS has commenced criminal investigations into the genuineness of the certificates presented for clearance to the IEBC by two political aspirants, namely Hon Johnson Sakaja and Hon Wavinya Ndeti, both gubernatorial aspirants for Nairobi and Machakos counties respectively, and determine if any offence has been committed," NPS said.
The police service further indicated that the Inspector General had directed DCI boss George Kinoti to conduct a speedy investigation into Sakaja and Ndeti's academic certificates.