A clerical officer with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission(IEBC) today narrated to the court how he cleared Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi to contest for the seat in 2013 general election without knowing the documents he presented to him were forged.
Marine Bernard Mutahi told Milimani senior principal magistrate Felix Kombo that on January 30, 2013 the legislator and his assistant at Kapseret constituency IEBC offices presented his documents to him so as to be cleared for the nomination.
“On presenting the documents I went through the same and cleared him because he merited according to all the documents he presented to me,” said the witness.
Mutahi was testifying in a case in which the law marker is facing three charges of forging his academic certificates and proving false information to an officer at IEBC
The officer being led in his evidence in chief by senior state counsel Joseph Riungu informed the court that among the documents he received from the accused are money banker’s cheque of Sh 20,000 he paid as a nomination fee, his national Id card, aspirant self declaration form, certificate of good conduct from Kenya police, a campaign programme schedule on how he will carry out his campaign and a certificate of a membership from his political party.
However, the witness was stood down after the defence informed the court that they have not been supplied with the copies of the documents which Mutahi wanted to produce in court as evidence.
The magistrate directed the prosecution to supply defence with the all the documents before this morning (Thursday) when the court will give further directions in the case.
Prosecution alleges that that on January 30,2013 at IEBC offices in Eldoret within Uasin Gishu county presented forged certificates to the electoral commission as he sought nomination in the 2013 general elections.
Earlier Oscar had sought for adjournment, saying he is still mourning his uncle who was killed by bandits along the Marakwet-Pokot border over two weeks ago.