Former Highway Secondary School principal, Patrick Maritim, has told the court that Kapseret Member of Parliament, Oscar Sudi, did not sit his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams at the school in 2006.
Speaking before the court on Thursday, May 19, Maritim denied that Sudi was one of the candidates in the school at the time, further stating that the purported index number could not be traced back to him.
Maritim, who is currently the County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for administration and public service at Bomet county, told the court that the index number belonged to another student.Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi addressing the press at his home in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County
To complicate the matter further, Maritim told the court there were no records to show that Sudi picked his result slip and school leaving certificate after completing Form Four.
“I can confirm that I went through the records of admission from the year he said he was at the school and that the name of Oscar Kipchumba Sudi was not appearing anywhere. Even the index number on the KCSE certificate belonged to another student,” Maritim told the court.
The case proceeded despite pleas from Sudi's lawyers to have the matter adjourned after they told the court that their client was receiving treatment in Turkey.
The Magistrate declined the petition and ordered the defence to present documents to prove that Sudi had travelled. Once this was done, the court questioned the authenticity of the medical documents presented before it.
“You first told the court that the accused had travelled but now it is clear that he did not travel and has just booked a flight to Turkey. You seem not to be sure even of the documents you are presenting to the court,” the Magistrate stated.
Addressing Sudi's lawyers, the Magistrate argued that the medical and travel documents presented by the MP were not sufficient proof that he had travelled for treatment.
The Anti-Corruption Court Chief Magistrate, Felix Kombo, told the lawyers to present additional medical documents and convince the court that Sudi was not in the country. The MP had skipped the case hearing for the second time in a row.Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi addresses a crowd at Megun Ward on Monday, May 16, 2022.Oscar Sudi
Kombo stated that the Sudi case had been in court for six years and was last heard on October 27, 2021.
He noted that it is one of the cases that Chief Justice, Martha Koome, wants concluded soon and he intends to follow the legal process as stipulated without any more delays.
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