New allegations have reached our desk concerning the academic papers that Wavinya Ndeti presented to the IEBC last year. The inconsistencies on the academic certificates have raised serious questions on the seriousness of the Kenyan electoral body in vetting political candidates.
Wavinya Ndeti is a former Wiper gubernatorial candidate for Machakos County, one of the hotly contested seats in Kenya’s 2017 general election in which incumbent Governor, Alfred Mutua emerged the winner with over 40,000 votes.
Wavinya Ndeti contested the Mutua win all the way to supreme court where the SCOK upheld and declared Alfred Mutua validly elected.
But now the certificate that Wavinya used have leaked the inconsistencies there in a glaring and questionable.
In one of the certificates she has a Master’s of Business Administration in Marketing from the Heriot – Watt University in the United Kingdom. This degree was awarded on 25th January, 1996. She is referred in the degree certificate as Petti Wavinya Oduwole yet in her identification card number 9344036 and other testimonials she is Wavinya Ndeti.
In another Masters degree of Business Administration in Strategic Information Systems from Heriot – Watt University in the United Kingdom the degree was awarded on 25th July, 1996.
She also was awarded Master of Science in Business System Analysis on 6th November, 1992.
She also acquired a Bachelor of Science degree in computing studies from South Bank University United Kingdom and the degree was awarded on 18th July, 1995 as Wavinya Oduwole.
She has Diploma in Computer System Design from the Association of computer professions in the United Kingdom this was awarded on 16th August, 1988 as Wavinya Oduwole.
A cursory scrutiny of the above academic documents has shown serious glaring inconsistencies that IEBC should not have missed before approving her name for gubernatorial candidature.
From the documents it is clear She obtained a master’s degree in 1992 before obtaining a bachelor’s degree in 1995. Unless otherwise stated, the documents she presented to IEBC indicate that she acquired a degree in Master of Science in Business System Analysis on 6th November, 1992 this was before she acquired a degree in 1995, three years later.
We have also established that two of her Masters degrees she presented to IEBC in 2017 were obtained in a span of six months of the same year, 1996. These degrees are Master’s of Business Administration in Marketing obtained in 25th January 1996 and Masters degree of Business Administration in Strategic Information Systems obtained in 26th July 1996.
It is important to note that both these master’s degrees are obtained from the same university the Heriot – Watt University in the United Kingdom.
In most of these certificates the name of the person who acquired the certificates is Petti Wavinya Oduwole but the name on Wavinya’s ID card number 9344036 is specifically WAVINYA NDETI.
Wavinya Ndeti is not the only Kenyan politician with questionable academic credentials. Governor Joho was a few years ago embroidered in a saga in which he was accused of forging a degree from Kampala University. Governor Waititu has also been accused of having questionable degree from Punjab University in India. Most recent is Garissa Governor Ali Korane who was arrested after one of his former employees was shot in what was said he was preparing a case in which he alleged that the governor had no proper academic certificates.
Of fake IDs and mismatch of names is important to note that EACC is currently investigating Tana and Athi River Development Authority MD Steven Githaiga for altering date of birth and names on his ID to defer his retirement. EACC has accused him of forgery by changing his name and altering his age in his identification documents to delay his retirement.
Now we remain to see whether, EACC, IEBC, Directorate of Criminal investigations and Office of Director of Public Prosecutions will take any action against Wavinya Ndeti or even open any investigations.
Here are scanned certificates