Former principal of Highway Secondary School Patrick Maritim tells court that Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi did not sit KCSE at the school in 2006 as he alleges he wasn't a student KossyDerrickBlog KossyDerrickEnt

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Former principal of Highway Secondary School Patrick Maritim tells court that Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi did not sit KCSE at the school in 2006 as he alleges he wasn't a student

Mr Sudi, who was charged with forging education certificates in 2013 so that he can secure nomination to vie for the Kapseret parliamentary seat, skipped court for the second time. (Read More Here).

Defence lawyers presented medical documents to the court showing the accused had to travel to receive urgent medical attention in Turkey. The magistrate said the medical and travel documents presented by the MP would be proof that he had travelled. His lawyers Thomas Ruto, Collins Kiprono and George Wajakoyah told Mr Kombo that the MP was not in the country.

They presented a confidential medical report to the magistrate from a doctor in Turkey and several letters, in a bid to secure an adjournment of the case yesterday. However, Mr Kombo declined to adjourn the case, questioning the authenticity of the medical documents from the purported doctor at a hospital in Turkey.

The court was also asked to adjourn the case to enable Prof Wajackoyah, a presidential candidate, to engage in campaigns.

A former school head teacher has told the court that Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi was not a student at Highway Secondary School as he claimed.

Patrick Maritim, the school’s principal between 2010 and 2019 also testified that the MP did not sit his Kenya Certificate of Secondary School examination at the institution in 2006.

“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,” said Maritim.

Mr Maritim who is currently the Chief Executive Officer in charge of administration and public service at Bomet County Government told the court that there were no records to show that Sudi collected his result slip and school leaving certificate after completing Form Four.

The magistrate insisted that he looks for the other two lawyers and when they arrived, the duo presented to the court an air ticket dated May 17 and another dated May 18. They explained to the court that the first flight had been cancelled forcing the legislator to reschedule the flight.

“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,” said the magistrate.

The two lawyers then pleaded with the court to suspend the hearing until they get confirmation of the MP’s status but the magistrate declined and ordered that the hearing proceeds in Sudi’s absence.

Maritim in his evidence told the court that he received a request from Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission in 2015 to provide records of a student by the name of Oscar Kipchumba Sudi who had alleged that he sat his KCSE at the institution.

He stated that following the request, he went through the admission books from 2005 to 2009 but could not find the name.

“I also went through the records of students who sat their KCSE in 2006 and had collected their school leaving certificates but could not find his name,” said Maritim.

Maritim confirmed that the candidate’s index number 81 with KCSE certificate number 40006/081/2006 which the MP claimed was his certificate number belonged to Nicholas Otieno who cleared and collected his certificate in August 2007

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