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Oscar Sudi's high school and college papers are fake, investigator says

 Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi during the Orientation of Members of National Assembly at Main Parliament buildings on August 25, 2022. [Elvis Ogina, Standard]

Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi dropped out of school at Class Seven and might have not proceeded to secondary school, an investigator has told the court.

Derrick Juma, an investigator from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, said that he visited all the schools Mr Sudi claimed to have attended and interviewed the head teachers. Mr Juma said that Sudi's name was not listed as a student at any of the schools, except for a primary school in Eldoret.

"The only records we found of him being a student was at Luok Ngetuny Primary School where the teachers confirmed that he enrolled in 1995 under the name of Kipchumba Kipng'etich, but that he exited the school at Class Seven," said Juma.

The investigator said the teachers did not know what became of Sudi afterwards.

The investigator's assessment of the evidence led him to conclude that the MP had faked his KCSE certificate and a diploma certificate. These counterfeit documents were allegedly used when Sudi sought clearance to run for his parliamentary seat in 2013.

The alleged forgeries were glaring, Juma said. The certificates had the wrong secondary school name, index numbers belonging to other candidates, the code number of a different school, and falsified signatures on the school leaving certificate.

"Even the postal address he indicated in the leaving certificate did not belong to the school. His name was not anywhere in the records in the schools and institutions he said to have attended."

Juma was the lead investigator in a case where Sudi is charged with forging academic certificates while seeking clearance from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to run in the 2013 General Election.

The charges claim that the MP forged a diploma certificate in business management, pretending it was issued by the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM). Sudi is also accused of forging a KCSE certificate and a school leaving certificate from Highway Secondary School.

Juma testified that after getting complaints in July 2015 suggesting the MP might have faked these documents, they summoned him to record a statement and produce the certificates.

"He indicated that he did not have the original certificates since they were being held in a safe box at an unknown bank, but gave us scanned copies which, upon observation, I noticed they could have not been genuine," said Juma.

He told the court that they first went to KIM and presented the diploma certificate bearing the name of Oscar Kipchumba Sudi. The head of examination confirmed that the serial number on the certificate was for another student, Elkana Kimutai.

Juma said that the institution also established that the admission number on Sudi's certificate belonged to another student, Scholastica Adhiambo, who did a different course in management.

The investigator said their next stop was at the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) where they presented Sudi's alleged KCSE certificate.

He said that it was discovered that the MP did not appear anywhere in KNEC's database as one of the candidates who sat the national exam in 2006.

Juma testified that KNEC disclosed that the serial number on Sudi's alleged certificate was for Parklands Secondary School and not Highway Secondary School. In addition, Sudi's certificate indicated that he went to Highway High School, while the school was known as Highway Secondary School.

The hearing was adjourned to June 26.

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