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Man who forged certificates to secure TVET job arraigned

A man accused of forging academic and professional certificates to secure a job was Thursday arraigned before an Eldoret court.

Joash Kimurgor Kirwa, who was wanted for the offence of forgery of academic certificates, was nabbed on Wednesday at Waitaluk location within Trans Nzoia County.

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Investigations that resulted in his arrest revealed that the suspect forged a Moi University degree certificate as well as academic transcripts which he used to secure employment with the Ministry of Education State Department for Technical and Vocational Education and Training.

He denied five counts of forgery and was released on a 200,000 shillings cash bail, with the mention for pre-trial scheduled for February 26, 2024.

The ongoing crackdown to smoke out Kenyans holding fake academic certificates comes in the wake of the Public Service Commission handing over a report bearing 1,280 cases of forged certificates from 91 public institutions and 787 from ministries, state department and agencies to the DCI and EACC for action.

The development coming amid concern over increased cases of cheating and fake qualifications with a number of Kenyans securing jobs without the requisite qualifications.

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