Friday, July 19, 2024

REREC employee arrested by EACC over fake academic certificates

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) detectives have arrested an employee of the Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation (REREC) over fake academic certificates.

“The Commission on Tuesday arrested and arraigned one Javason Kimemia Maina, an employee of the Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation (REREC), who forged academic certificates to secure a job at the agency. Investigations established that the suspect forged a KCSE certificate from Kimuri Secondary School.” said EACC

Appearing before Milimani Law Court, the prosecution side noted that Javason acquired Ksh 293,240.94 salary illegally and thus the need to forfeit it back to the state. He was then released on Ksh 700,000 bond or a Ksh 400,000 cash bail.

“Maina was arraigned before the Milimani Anti-Corruption Court after the Director of Public Prosecutions concurred with recommendations of the Commission to charge him with fraudulent acquisition of public property being Kes. 293,240.94 salary paid to him by REREC, forgery and uttering a false document.

He was released on a bond of Kes 700,000/=, surety of the same amount or a cash bail of Kenya shillings Kes. 400,000/=. The matter will be mentioned on 26th February 2024 for a pre-trial conference.

Meanwhile, the Commission is analyzing the PSC Report on Authentication of Academic and Professional Certificates to inform relevant enforcement action against the 2000 public officials who forged their academic certificates to secure employment.

The Commission will also investigate allegations it has received to the effect that some public entities didn’t not forward to the Public Service Commission all the names of their officers with forged certificates.

Action will be taken against any culpable head of a state agency involved in attempts to protect academic cheats.” said EACC

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