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I was paid Sh1,500 to fake medical report for Obado aide, says medic

Dr Cliff Momanyi. [Collins Kweyu,Standard]

A clinical officer has narrated how he risked his job for a paltry Sh1,500 to fake medical records for Migori Governor Okoth Obado’s personal assistant.

Cliff Momanyi told the court that he sacrificed and put his job on the line for Michael Oyamo after being requested by a colleague to do the dirty work despite being aware that it was against medical practice to lie about a patient’s medical condition.

“I knew the consequences of my actions and I regret. I never did it before and will never do it again. It is true I was paid the Sh1,500 and risked my job to fake the medical records,” said Momanyi.

This was the second time the clinical officer based at Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital was testifying in the case where Obado, Oyamo and former Migori County clerk Caspal Obiero are facing trial over the murder of Sharon Otieno and her seven-month unborn baby on September 3, 2018.

Momanyi previously told the court that he faked medical records for Oyamo to lie that he had been attacked by unknown people on the night Sharon was murdered.

He had testified that on September 4 2018 which was a day after Oyamo is alleged to have met with Sharon before her abduction and subsequent death, he received a call from his colleague based in Migori requesting that he assist in faking the medical report.

Migori Governor Okoth Obado at Milimani Law Courts in October 12. [David Njaaga, Standard]

According to Momanyi, he went ahead to fill the patient form indicating that Oyamo needed referral and specialised treatment in Kisumu and that the patient had suffered strangulation from unknown people.

He continued his testimony yesterday where he told Justice Cecilia Githua that after faking the form, his colleague Justus Moindi sent someone to pick it and that it wasn’t until the following day on September 5 2018 when he realised he had done a mistake.

“I was in the house watching television when I saw breaking news that a lady called Sharon had been killed and the name Oyamo was being mentioned. My instincts told me it was in relation to the medical record I had faked,” said Momanyi.

Sharon Otieno. 

According to Momanyi, he felt something was not right and immediately called his colleague who lured him into faking the medical records and requested that they immediately report the matter to police. He testified that his colleague declined his request that they report the incident to police and that it was not until October 24 2018 when he was summoned by police who were investigating Sharon’s murder to explain the medical report.

“I never met any patient called Michael Oyamo and I can confirm the medical report I prepared alleging that he had been attacked by thugs was fake,” said Momanyi.

When Moindi’s turn to testify came, he told the court how he was approached by Obiero and Oyamo to assist them get the fake medical certificate. The hearing continues.