A former parliamentary seat contestant in the August elections was detained and charged with falsifying academic certificates. Mr. Patrick Ochieng Odipo was detained by Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission detectives in Nairobi on Tuesday.
The detectives ascertained that Mr. Odipo, using the dubious academic papers, was admitted to Kenya Police College, Kiganjo, in 1994 and left as a constable. He resigned in 1999. In court, he was charged with five counts as well as giving false information, personating and deceiving anti-graft detectives.
Mr. Odipo presented to EACC a Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education certificate in June, bearing the name Ochieng Patrick, so that he could be cleared to contest for the MP seat. The prosecution, on the other hand, said the document did not belong to him. It explained the bona fide owner studied at Songhor Secondary School.
Additionally investigations indicated that Mr. Odipo presented the certificate to the admission officer at the Kenya Institute of Studies in Criminal Justice on August 2014 and tried to use it to sign up for an undergraduate course at the Presbyterian university in 2016.
He, nonetheless, denied the charges and was released on a cash surety of Sh300, 000. The case will be mentioned on November 28.
In June, Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi endured a setback when his attempt to stop his prosecution over suspected fake academic certificates was thrown out by a high court.
Justice Hedwig Ong’udi ruled that the MP’s case challenging his prosecution lacked merit and his rights had not been violated by investigating agencies.
The MP had hauled the EACC to court accusing it of lacking the power to look into and propose his prosecution. He had already been charged with forging papers to qualify for his MP post in the 2013 poll. Mr. Sudi was re-elected in the August 8 polls.