The woes facing controversial Kapseret Member of Parliament Oscar Sudi appears to be far over after a court directed the trial over his alleged fake academic certificates to proceed for six days without adjournment.
The Standard reports that the Anti-Corruption Court in Nairobi magistrate, Felix Kombo, observed that the case has stalled since 2016 when the lawmaker serving his second term was charged with nine counts of forgery.
“This court is under pressure to finalise old cases and we can’t delay the hearing any further. We must cover all the remaining witnesses in six days and the absence of his lawyer will not warrant any further adjournment,” Kombo ruled.
Sudi’s case was scheduled to proceed with the Director of Public Prosecutions presenting two witnesses. Still, the lawmaker, a close ally of Deputy President William Ruto, informed the court that his lawyer Thomas Ruto could not attend the hearing.
Sudi said that doctors recommended that his lawyer takes a three-day bed rest. The magistrate ruled that although it would be unfair to proceed without the lawyer, the delay had put the court at a crossroads.
Sudi was charged in October 2016 with uttering false documents while seeking clearance from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to contest in the 2013 General Election.
The charges allege that the MP forged a diploma certificate in Business Management, purporting that it was issued by the Kenya Institute of Management, a Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education and a school leaving certificate from Highway High School.