3 Govt Employees Arraigned for Forging Academic Papers to Enhance Pay

A file image of a university degree pasted as fraud
A file image of a university degree pasted as fraud

A government employee from the Sports, Arts and Social Development Fund (SASDF), was arrested by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) for forging academic papers to advance their career within Public Service.

In a statement, DCI, on Sunday revealed that the the employee, forged the credentials which showed that he sat for his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) at Marsabit Boys which did not exist while students were sitting for the 1998 national examinations.

The DCI revealed that employee in question neither registered nor sat for the exams, despite carrying around documents showing that he did.

Investigations revealed that the suspect dropped out in form two although details about the school he actually attended were not revealed.

E.C.D.E Diploma Certificates in display

Similarly, another government employee was also arrested after investigations by the DCI established that his academic papers showed that he sat for his KCSE in 2010 at St. Mark Boys High School, Cherengany. However, at the time, the school did not exist and the code in his certificate belonged to a different school altogether — Ruthimitu Secondary.

DCI's investigations also revealed that the second suspect dropped out at form two as well.

Besides the two, the DCI also arrested one more suspect accused of falsifying a 2011 KCSE certificate from Starays Hope Community Center, Nairobi.

The 3 suspects were arraigned at the Milimani Courts on Friday and charged with the offences of forgery, making a document without authority and falsifying a document.

The arrests came amid a crackdown necessitated by a Public Service Commission (PSC) report showing the existence of more than 2,000 government employees having forged their academic certificates to secure jobs or earn promotions.

The government is on record stating that it had incurred losses amounting to over Ksh9 billion due the fake academic certificates debacle.

Ministry of Interior was ranked as the docket where the vice was most prevalent harbouring the largest number of employees with dubious certificates. 

Further, the dubious qualifications among government workers extend to county governments with an audit by the Migori County unearthing 290 employees who possessed fake certificates. 

Public Service Commission (PSC) office in Nairobi.
Public Service Commission (PSC) offices in Nairobi.
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