Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi was not a student at Highway Secondary School, as he claims, a Nairobi court heard on Thursday.
A former principal at the school, Mr Patrick Maritim, also said , the MP did not sit the Kenyan Secondary School Certificate (KCSE) assessment at the school, as indicated in the documents the MP submitted to the Electoral Commission before running for Parliament at the school in 2006.
Yes while testifying in the fraud case opened against the MP, Mr. Maritim told the court that the index number that Mr. Sudi claims to be his belonged to another student.
The witness was summoned by the public prosecutor’s office , after an official from the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) said Mr Sudi did not register for or sit the 2006 KCSE exam at the school.
Mr Maritim told Magistrate Fel ix Kombo Mr. Sudi’s name did not appear anywhere in the school’s register when he was Headmaster from 2010 to 2019.
Mr. Maritim is now a member of the Executive Committee of Bomet County Government, responsible for administration and public service. Sometime in 2015, when he was the school’s principal, he received a letter from the anti-corruption agency asking for information about Mr. Sudi’s enrollment at the institution, he said.
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Committee ( EACC) asked him to confirm whether Mr. Sudi’s name was on the school records and to provide the admissions register.
Collected her school-leaving certificates
“I checked the admissions books of 2005 to 2009 but couldn’t find the name. I also went through the records of students who completed their KCSE in 2006 and collected their school-leaving certificates but could not find his name,” the witness said.
The MP’s name did not appear in Register and Index 81 said to belong to him belonged to Nicholas Otieno, who collected his certificate in August 2007.
“The KCSE certificate is normally obtained from Knec. The student will then come and sign that it has been picked up. And the records do not show that Sudi took his KCSE at Highway Secondary School,” the witness said.
Mr Maritim testified against Mr Sudi, who was accused of falsifying a diploma certificate in business management and claims it is a genuine document issued by the Kenya Institute of Management.
He is also accused of forging a KCSE certificate and pretends it is a genuine document, issued by the Examination Board.
The court heard the evidence in Mr Sudi’s absence after he claimed that he was ill and admitted to a hospital in Turkey.
The judge said he was unconvinced by the reasons given by the defense attorney that his client was not well.
“The medical documents provided by the defense do not show the exact address where the hospital is located located in Turkey”, said Mr. Kombo.
” It is now also clear that your client did not travel. Why did you say yesterday that he travelled? If he gave you instructions that weren’t true, te let me and leave it to the court,” the judge explained.
The prosecutor’s hearing continues.