Did Oscar Sudi Take Oath in Broken Speech as Claimed?

A TikTok video (archived here) doing rounds on social media shows the Member of National Assembly for Kapseret Constituency, Oscar Sudi, barely able to take oath of office fluently. The footage shows Oscar Sudi holding a Bible and the oath script saying, “I will obedient this truly…this obey of unfaithful public of…conse- consenslus…” then he ends with “ewe Mungu unisalimie” (So greet me God) instead of “ewe Mungu unisaidie” (So help me God).

Background

Oscar Sudi has for over five years had to battle a case in court challenging the authenticity of his academic credentials. In the case filed in 2016, Sudi was charged with nine counts of forgery, questioning the authenticity of his Diploma from the Kenya Institute of Management, his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education and a leaving certificate from Highway Highschool.

On September 7, 2022, Sudi’s former Primary school teacher, Simon Cherop, told the court that while Sudi enrolled at Tulwopng’etuny Primary school, he did not finish his Primary school education as he dropped out in Class 7.  

Verification

In the original video of Oscar Sudi taking the oath of office, the Member of National Assembly is seen struggling to articulately take the oath. However, he manages to successfully take the oath, unlike as is suggested by the TikTok video. The audio of the TikTok video has been altered to make it appear worse than it was. Listening to the audio, you can notice the difference in voice timbre, evidence that it is not Oscar Sudi’s speech. Also, in the TikTok video, it is made to appear as though he said “ewe Mungu unisalimie” while in real sense he did not take the oath in Swahili as suggested by the video. 

Verdict

The Tiktok video of Oscar Sudi taking the oath in broken speech is ALTERED and thus MISLEADING. 

This fact-check was produced by Africa Uncensored with support from Code for Africa’s PesaCheck, African Fact Checking Alliance network and the United Nations Development Programme.

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Calvin Rock

Calvin is a budding writer and journalist passionate about social and environmental justice. He is enthusiastic about open source investigation and developmental reporting. He currently works at Africa Uncensored as a reporter and fact-checker.