Audit Exposes 290 County Govt Employees Suspected to Have Fake Certificates


The County Government of Migori has shared a snippet of a Human Resources audit conducted by Governor Ochilo Ayacko.

Governor Ayacko on Thursday, May 16, revealed that the county had about 290 employees with either irregular or fake academic certificates.

Some of the certificates inspected include the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), the Certificate of Primary Education (CPE), the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) and the Kenya Certificate of Education (KCE).

He emphasised that the names of the employees involved would not be disclosed yet until the due investigation is conducted to avoid litigation.

Migori Governor Ochilo Ayacko addressing the press on May 16, 2024

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Migori County Government

Ayacko explained that the findings would be forwarded to the board on Friday for further investigations.

“According to the report, a total of 290 county employees have no requisite academic qualifications,” he stated.

The Governor also revealed that the said certificates were sent to the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) which confirmed that 93 of the documents were fake while the rest needed further analysis.

He added that further audits will also include tertiary academic documents to weed out the employees cheating their way to employment.

Notably, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has put on notice government officials and employees who have fake academic documents.

In February the Public Service Commission (PSC) raised concerns that those with fake certificates were resigning to avoid being arrested by EACC. Some of the employees with these documents also requested early retirement.

In March EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak ordered the immediate halt of salary payments to any civil servant with forged papers. This was after the PSC report showed government entities with the largest numbers of fake documents.

“To this end, the Commission advises that all accounting/authorized officers should not process benefits,” he directed.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Renson Ingonga (left) and EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak.

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EACC



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