A Nairobi court today issued summons against Kapsaret Mp Oscar Sudi to appear in court to explain why his Sh 600,000 bond cannot be cancelled after he deliberately skipped a court session.
Sudi skipped the hearing of a case in which he is charged with forging his academic credentials and presenting a false declaration in the 2013 general election.
Milimani Anti- Corruption principal magistrate Felix Kombo fell short of issuing a warrant of arrest as had been requested by senior state counsel Joseph Riungu after Sudi’s lawyers Thomas Ruto and Prof George Wajackoyah sought indulgence stating that the MP was busy finalising his campaigns for nomination in the quest to retain his seat.
“ I agree with the prosecution that there is no sufficient grounds to waiver the accused person’s presence in court as he has deliberately failed to appear in court for his trial as he should,” Kombo said adding that the absence was “dubious.”
The magistrate said the failure of the accused to appear in court “has frustrated the court process and therefore issue summons to appear in court on 24 April 2017 to show cause why his bond of Sh 600,000 or Sh 300,000 cash bail should be cancelled.”
Kombo also warned Sudi that if he fails to appear in court as summoned then he will go ahead and issue an order for his arrest.
Riungu said the MP was taking the court process for a ride, stating the charges he faces are “serious economic crimes.”
Sudi through his lawyers sought that the scheduled hearing be shelved until he completes his campaigns fore his nomination in the primaries which are to take place on Friday.
In the case the politician is charged 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.