Politician Handed 4-Year Jail Term for Forging KCSE, Degree Certificates.
A Kiambu politician has been sentenced to four years in jail for submitting a forged Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) to gain admission to the university.
The former member of the County Assembly (MCA) was fined Ksh500,000 for forging a document in violation of sections 347(a) and 349 of the Kenyan Penal Code.
He was also convicted of uttering a fraudulent document violating section 353 of the Penal Code and had to pay a fine of Ksh250,000.
Failure to pay the monetary fines would result in a four-year jail sentence for the two crimes.
The lawmaker submitted a falsified KCSE certificate to enroll in a diploma program at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) began investigating the legitimacy of the academic diploma after a county assembly colleague anonymously informed the commission of the alleged fraud.
The JKUAT in Juja, Kenya, canceled the diploma certificate awarded to the former MP in response to the news allegations.
After an independent investigation into the questionable paper, KNEC determined that the accused did not take his KCSE exam at Murera Secondary School as indicated.
Education sector players were concerned about the influx of bogus academic papers and the ease of manufacturing them in the country, which led to the verdict.
The EACC issued a circular to the leadership of academic institutions on October 18, instructing them to develop a long-lasting solution to ensure that all presented certificates are authentic.
Because the problem could hurt the credibility and honesty of Kenya’s education system, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer Abdi Mohamud told everyone involved to solve it as soon as possible.