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150 public servants on the spot for ‘forging’ academic papers

By Nyaboga Kiage September 26th, 2023 2 min read

Forging of academic papers is now rampant amongst government employees, says the Ethics and Anti-Corruption (EACC) body.

The investigative bodies say up to 150 senior government officials have their academic papers forged and use the same to get employed.

In a statement that was issued at the Kenya International Conference Center (KICC) during the launch of its Anti-graft plan for the next five years, the agency said the problem was rampant and cutting across.

“The EACC is investigating over 150 cases of forgery of academic certificates held by persons serving in the public service while 13 cases are already in court,” EACC said in a statement.

EACC boss Mr Twalib Mbarak said investigations into all the cases had been completed.

According to Mr Mbarak, the accused persons will be prosecuted.

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Already, in some of the cases, the anti-graft group is in the process of collecting all the salaries that such employees accumulated while in employment.

Meanwhile, EACC also said it was investigating a number of governors who served in the last regime and those currently in office.

Already, it has grilled former Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and confiscated a number of documents and a computer from his home.

EACC claimed that there was embezzlement of funds when Mr Oparanya served as the governor. This happened between March 2013 and August 2023.

The EACC officials on August 23, 2023, spent the day searching the former county boss’s three homes in Nairobi and Kakamega.

His lawyer Ken Nyaundi said that the officers spent most of the time making the searches after they arrived armed with a search warrant.

“They had a search warrant and there was no way we could stop them from doing what they were doing,” he said.

EACC said that the investigations are almost complete and he will soon be arraigned.