Court Fines REREC Employee Over Fake Diploma Used To Gain Employment

According to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), Wanjiku presented the fake diploma, purported to have been from the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) to get employed at the Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation

By The Weekly Vision

The anti-corruption court has convicted an employee of the Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation after she was found guilty of forging her academic papers. The employee, Teresiah Wanjiku Ndungi, had been accused of forging a Diploma in Archives and Records Management.

 According to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), Wanjiku presented the fake diploma, purported to have been from the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) to get employed at the Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation. She was charged with among others forgery, deceiving a public entity, and fraudulent acquisition of public money. EACC says during her employment, which he gained using the forged certificate, she the employee was paid Kshs479,021.

“Following investigations by EACC, Teresiah was charged with the offences of forgery, uttering a false document, deceiving a public entity, and fraudulent acquisition of Kshs.479,021 being the cumulative sum paid as salary based on fake academic qualifications,” the anti-graft agency said in a statement.

After she was found guilty of the charges, the court convicted and sentenced Wanjiku to pay a Kshs300,000 fine or serve 4 years in prison. And after a successful forgery case, EACC now says it is committed to addressing what it said was increasing cases of individuals forging academic certificates for appointment or election to public office.

“This matter illustrates the increasing cases of forgery of academic certificates by persons seeking appointment or election to public office. EACC will continue to work with the relevant agencies in addressing this menace,” EACC noted. But even as EACC celebrated successfully prosecuting the matter, a section of Kenyans felt that many high-profile individuals should be facing the same fate, yet they are still walking scot-free.

Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo is one of such Kenyans who argues that EACC was only going for the ‘small fish’ leaving out the big ones. “Only the small fishes are caught by the selective nets,” Kabogo replied to the commission’s tweet.

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