Kapseret Member of Parliament Oscar Sudi has been making headlines for the last few days following a hearing for a case in which he is accused of forging academic papers that he used when presenting his nomination papers for the 2013 general election.
During the case hearing, the prosecution has presented witnesses from among others the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) and The Kenya Institute of Management (KIM), all of who have told the court that Sudi’s papers were forged.
A KNEC official while appearing before the court said serial numbers of the Kenya Certificate of the Secondary Education (KCSE) that the vocal legislator owns do not correspond with his name.
It was the same case for a staff from KIM who said Sudi never attended the institute as his certificate, purported to have been from the institution had a serial number belonging to a different student.
These are court issues that have been widely covered by a majority of media stations in the country, but the MP now claims the media is prosecuting his case in the court of public opinion.
In a post shared on his official Facebook page, Sudi said the media should wait for the court process to be concluded before making assumptions that he is guilty as charged.
“I have seen busybodies prosecuting my case in the court of public opinion. Why can’t they wait for the court process to take its course?” the MP posed.
He revealed that once it is his turn to defend himself, he has sufficient witnesses who will argue his case and tilt it in his favor.
“When it’s my turn I will align over 50 witnesses on my side. They should stop peddling lies around my case,” noted the legislator who is a close ally of Deputy President William Ruto.
Even though the court recently declared unconstitutional a clause in the Elections Act that would have required candidates seeking elective positions in 2022 to poses at least a degree, Sudi might still find himself in trouble if found guilty for forging his academic papers.
The MP is eyeing to retain his seat as Kapseret MP although he has ambitions of going a notch higher in leadership in the future and vie for the Uasin Gishu gubernatorial seat.