The Public Service Commission has raised a red flag over the rampant use of fake academic papers to secure employment and promotion in public service.
The commission’s chairperson ambassador Anthony Muchiri revealed that there are over 2,000 cases of forged academic papers that have been flagged by the commission during their verification exercise that kicked off in 2022.
PSC expressed concern over the high number of forged academic certificates in the Ministry of Interior as well as the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).
According to the commission most employees at KNH enlisted in the last 10 years used forged academic documents to secure employment.
The commission submitted the damming report to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and DCI to investigate the cases drawn from the 53,599 cases referred to the Kenya National Examination Council for clearance.
From October last year, EACC has been investigating 172 cases of alleged forgery of academic certificates.
EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak further revealed that the commission is still investigating Turkana Governor Jeremiah Lomurukai and his Nairobi counterpart Johnson Sakaja over the same.
Mbarak said EACC will recover all salaries and benefits earned based on fake academic qualification in addition to facing criminal prosecution.
“The law allows EACC to recover all salaries and benefits earned based on fake academic qualifications,” said Mbarak.