BY SAM ALFAN.
Kapsaret Member of Parliament Oscar Sudi has been handed a relief after the anti-corruption court suspended the hearing of his forgery case.
The prosecution requested for adjournment of the case since the lead prosecutor Joseph Riungu will be engaged in the Tribunal appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta to probe High Court Judge Said Chitembwe, who has been suspended over gross misconduct.
Trial Magistrate Felix Kombo pushed the case to September 7 when two remaining witnesses are expected to testify.
The court also heard that a state witness that had been recalled to testify today was unable to make it in court on time.
The Magistrate ruled that it is prudent that the two remaining witnesses (documents examiner and investigating officer) testify after all other witnesses have given their evidence.
“The remaining witnesses bear crucial evidence and it would be prudent to have them testify in the presence of both parties,” said Magistrate.
Sudi’s lawyer George Wajackoyah was also a happy man because the adjournment would give him time to campaign for his presidential bid.
He told the court Kenyans should not be surprised that he might be the next president of Kenya and the first president to appear in court to defend his client.
While taking the September dates Wajackoyah told the court that a win for him in August would mean that he would be busy the following months, with the selection of cabinet secretaries.
Sudi is accused of forging a diploma certificate in Business Management purporting it to be a genuine document issued by the Kenya Institute of Management.
The MP is facing other counts of giving false information to an Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officer and the EACC.
He is said to have presented the certificates to the two commissions with the intention of deceiving them.
Sudi allegedly provided false information to Derrick Kaisha, an officer of EACC, at Haron Court Hotel, Nairobi County, in September 2015.
The legislator is also accused of making a false declaration under oath through a self-declaration form to IEBC at Barng’etuny plaza in Eldoret on that date.
This was contrary to Section 46(1)(d) as read with Section 46(2) at the Leadership and Integrity Act