I’ll vie de­spite forgery case, says MP Sudi

Two weeks ago, he was charged with fak­ing his aca­demic cer­tifi­cates

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Rift Valley - MATHEWS NDANYI @ndany­i_­math­ews

Kapseret MP Os­car Sudi has said he will de­fend his seat on the Ju­bilee Party ticket de­spite him be­ing charged with forg­ing his aca­demic cer­tifi­cates by the EACC.

It is on the ba­sis of those doc­u­ments that the IEBC cleared him in 2013.

Sudi as­sured his sup­port­ers that his name would be on the bal­lot box next year.

“I will de­fend my­self in this case and they will not block me from de­fend­ing my po­si­tion next year. The EACC should not be mis­used to fight some of us po­lit­i­cally, in­stead of them deal­ing with cor­rup­tion,” Sudi said.

Speak­ing at Kesses, Uasin Gishu, Sudi said,“When you look at me do I look like a fool re­ally? I am not a fool, and I am con­fi­dent of re­tain­ing my Kapseret seat.”

Sudi was two weeks ago charged with three counts of forg­ing his aca­demic cre­den­tials.

He is ac­cused of pre­sent­ing forged cer­tifi­cates to the elec­toral com­mis­sion when he sought nom­i­na­tion in the March 4, 2013 gen­eral elec­tion.

The court heard he com­mit­ted the of­fence on Jan­uary 31, 2013 at the IEBC of­fices in El­doret, Uasin Gishu county.

It is al­leged Sudi’s forged doc­u­ments in­cluded a di­ploma cer­tifi­cate in busi­ness man­age­ment which he claims he re­ceived from the Kenya In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment and a KCSE doc­u­ment al­legedly from High­way High School, Nairobi. He de­nied the charges and was freed on a Sh600,000 bond.

There have been fears he may not be cleared to vie. Al­ready, Kapseret has at­tracted more than 15 as­pi­rants many of them on the Ju­bilee Party.

Sudi is a close ally of Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto and en­joys con­sid­er­able po­lit­i­cal sup­port in El­doret.

Some of his sup­port­ers al­lege the charges were po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated be­cause of his in­volve­ment in the protests against ap­point­ment of Prof La­ban Ayiro as Moi Uni­ver­sity’s act­ing vice chan­cel­lor.

Nandi Hills MP Al­fred Keter claimed Sudi is be­ing fixed po­lit­i­cally. He ques­tioned why the charges were be­ing brought up al­most four years af­ter the 2013 elec­tions.

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