Former Suna East ANC Parliamentary Candidate Arraigned In Court For Impersonation

by Mahakamani News
Patrick Ochieng Odipo before a Nairobi Anti-Corruption Court where he pleaded not guilty to impersonation charges

A former parliamentary seat contestant in the August elections was arrested and charged with forging academic certificates.

Mr Patrick Ochieng Odipo was arrested by Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission detectives in Nairobi on Tuesday.

The detectives established that Mr Odipo, using the questionable 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 including giving false information, personation 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 vie for the MP seat.

The prosecution, however, said the document did not belong to him.

It showed the bona fide owner studied at Songhor Secondary School.

Further investigations showed that Mr Odipo presented the certificate to the admission officer at the Kenya Institute of Studies in Criminal Justice on August 2014 and attempted to use it to enrol for an undergraduate course at the Presbyterian university in 2016.

He, however, denied the charges and was released on a cash bail of Sh300,000. The case will be mentioned on November 28.

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