EACC Probe TARDA CEO Stephen Ruimuku for Forging ID and Birth Certificate to Defer Retirement

  • The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has turned its guns on a Nairobi Chief Executive Officer who allegedly forged birth documents to stay in employment.

    EACC accused Tana and Athi River Development Authority (TARDA) managing director Stephen Ruimuku of altering his identification card to defer retirement by five years.

    The commission claimed that Ruimuku changed his name and age in his birth certificate, ID and passport documents.

    According to the Star, an ID issued in Othaya displays the name Steven Maina Githaiga with ID number 1901968 revealing he was born in 1953.

    The information was reportedly replicated in his passport with the number A383456.

    In 2011, however, the MD allegedly acquired a new ID under the name, Steven Githaiga Ruimuku, that showed he was born in 1958.

    He subsequently acquired a passport with details matching the new ID.

    According to employment records, the MD, whose true age is 65 years, was supposed to have retired from formal employment in 2013.

    This was, however, not the first time the MD was put on the spot by EACC sleuths.

    In 2015, Ruimuku was investigated on claims that he paid out Kshs2 million to a company identified as Mark Line Management which had not qualified for a tender.