PLO ac­cused of pla­gia­rism in jour­nal ar­ti­cle

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

For­mer anti-graft agency boss PLO Lu­mumba has been sued over al­leged pla­gia­rism and in­tel­lec­tual theft.

Wachira Maina ac­cused Lu­mumba of pla­gia­ris­ing an ar­ti­cle he wrote, which was pub­lished in the East African news­pa­per. The ar­ti­cle by Lu­mumba was pub­lished in the Law So­ci­ety of Kenya Jour­nal.

Maina says Lu­mumba wrote a 10,000-word es­say ti­tled ‘From Ju­rispru­dence to Polipru­dence: the Kenyan Pres­i­den­tial Elec­tion Pe­ti­tion 2013’, with nearly 5,000 words lifted from an ar­ti­cle he wrote, pub­lished on April 20, last year.

He says Lu­mumba has be­haved un­eth­i­cally. Maina crit­i­cised LSK for fail­ing to suf­fi­ciently check be­fore pub­lish­ing the ar­ti­cle. Maina wants com­pen­sa­tion for in­tel­lec­tual theft. He also seeks to have the pla­gia­rised part deleted from Lu­mumba’s ar­ti­cle. Maina wants Lu­mumba’s con­duct de­clared to have un­der­mined val­ues and prin­ci­ples of pub­lic ser­vice as set in the Con­sti­tu­tion, hence bar him from hold­ing pub­lic of­fice.

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