Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives based in Eldoret, have arrested three suspected fraudsters found printing fake Police Clearance Certificates, Identity Cards, Academic documents, among other documents.
George Kiplagat, Alex Kibet and Washington Omondi are believed to be part of a wider syndicate of fraudsters. They have been “defrauding unsuspecting members of the public within Eldoret town and its environs,” says DCI.
Only DCI can issue Police Clearance Certificates otherwise known as “Certificates of Good Conduct.”
Bearer In Trouble
“Any other clearance certificates issued from elsewhere are not only null and void, but could also land the bearer in trouble,” cautions DCI.
Two days ago, DCI boss George Kinoti announced the commencement of a countrywide crackdown on fake academic documents.
The crackdown is being carried out in conjunction with the Kenya National Qualifications of Authority (KNQA).
KNQA Chairperson Dr. Kilemi Mwiria said people with fake academic documents have secured lucrative formal jobs at the expense of deserving and well-educated employment seekers.
“We are working with all stakeholders to eradicate this practice that is denying Kenyans with genuine academic documents an opportunity to benefit from their hard work in school,” said Dr. Mwiria.
KNQA Director-General Dr. Juma Mukhwana reveals that a third of Kenyans working in the formal sector have fake academic documents.
One Million Fake Certificates
About 3 million Kenyans are employed in the formal sector, meaning that nearly 1 million hold fake academic documents.
Recently, a commercial pilot with an eight years’ experience was exposed to have been flying with a fake KCSE certificate, and no valid pilot’s license.
A human resources manager working for a government agency was discovered to have worked for eight years with fake undergraduate degree and KCSE certificate.