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How government through PSC employed over 500 workers with forged certificates; Report

PSC employed over 500 workers with forged certificates in FY 2022/2023 according to a new report

According to a Public Service Commission (PSC) inquiry, 502 government employees in various sectors obtained their jobs by using forged certifications.

In the Financial Year 2022/2023, PSC assessed the public service’s compliance with the Constitution, identifying 66 service sector institutions that had instances of certificate fabrication. 

The report went on to analyze the statistics about the actions taken against officers who had their certificates fabricated. It highlighted officers who had been fired or resigned without cause, as well as the types of counterfeit certificates, ongoing cases, and certificates by institution. 

State Department for Internal Security and National Administration had the highest number of quacks with 107 cases, with 78 using fake KCSE certificates, 25 with fake diplomas and 4 with forged degree certificates. 

Kenya Railways Corporation registered a total of 82 forged certificates cutting across certificates, degrees, diplomas, KACE, and KCSE. 

Public universities registered notable numbers as the University of Nairobi recorded 4 diplomas, Garissa University 1 certificate, the Cooperative University of Kenya 6 certificates, South Eastern Kenya University registered 1, Rongo University and Kibabii University cutting across KCPE, KCSE certificates, diplomas and degrees registered 14 and 13 respectively.

Other notable departments include KEMSA with 16 cases, KMTC with 35 cases, and KPC with 24 cases, among others. 

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Public Service Commission (PSC) in October 2023 after launching a crackdown to flash out quacks, revealed that with verified cases of forgery, among other penalties, terminated contracts of the affected workers.

“MDAs with verified cases of forged or fraudulently obtained certificates have instituted disciplinary action including termination of service for affected offices,” PSC chairman Anthony Muchiri stated. 

In 2021, the Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) discovered that 250,000 civil servants, who made up 30 per cent of the workforce, had forged certificates. 

KNQA then created a system to help the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) launch a crackdown on certificate forgery within the public service. 

The authority was however barred by the court from implementing the plan due to a lack of public participation while developing the system. 

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