Detectives Arrest Politician Over KCSE Certificate Saga

  • Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) detectives on Tuesday arrested Patrick Odipo who ran for Suna East MP seat in the August General Election.

    Odipo, who is a prominent businessman in Migori County, is set to be charged over alleged forgery of a Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) certificate.

    During the August election, Odipo was floored by vocal NASA politician and current Suna East MP Junet Mohammed.

    [caption caption="Peter Odipo"][/caption]

    In August, Taita-Taveta Governor-elect Granton Samboja found himself in a similar predicament and went to court to stop investigations into his academic papers.

    The EACC had filed a case questioning Mr Samboja’s qualifications and claimed that Kenyatta University disowned the Governor’s certificates.

    According to Mr Samboja, EACC had assumed the role of prosecutor and judge.

    He stated that the Commission was acting unlawfully by coercing him to provide documentary evidence.

    Samboja added that EACC had maliciously recommended that the Director of Public Prosecutions charge him with forgery.

    Mr Samboja asked the court to declare that the reported misleading information in the form submitted to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) did not amount to corruption or a matter within the EACC mandate.

    In October, the Mombasa High Court threw out a case where Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho was accused of forging his academic papers.

    High Court Judge Eric Ogola made the ruling which shielded Governor Joho from being investigated, arrested or prosecuted over the academic papers saga.

    The Judge questioned the timing of the investigation considering a similar matter against Joho in 2013.

    [caption caption="Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho"][/caption]