79 Nyamira County employees with fake certificates suspended

Nyamira County Governor Amos Nyaribo. 79 employees of the county government have been suspended for having fake credentials.

Education and environment sector employees are majority of 79 suspended by Nyamira County Government over allegedly having fake academic certificates.

County Governor Amos Nyaribo said that the affected officers’ salaries have been stopped pending further investigations into their suspected forged papers.

The governor further revealed that the certificates were found wanting when his audit offices submitted credentials of 2,821 employees for verification by the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) and tertiary institutions.

According to Nyaribo, the reports from KNEC showed a lot of malpractices on the certificates that included alteration of mean grades, subject scores, examination centre codes and inappropriate examination index numbers.

“Other anomalies on the certificates are replaced names on other people’s certificates,” he said.

He said health is the most affected department with 24 culprits followed by Finance and Public Service, each having 9 people.

Other affected departments include the governor’s office, with Gender and Public Service Board having one case each to make a total of 79 bogus workers.

He said that the names of the implicated officers will be submitted to the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and Ethic and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) for investigation and consequent legal action.

Nyamira County Senator Okong’o Omogeni lauded the governor’s action and asked him to crack the whip on other areas in order to deliver satisfactory service delivery to the electoral.

“My office plays the oversight role that brings checks and balances to the county government for purposes of transparency and accountability,” he said.

The Senator appealed to Nyamira Members of County Assembly (MCAs) to take their rightful position of correcting or rewarding the governor instead of compromising with him at the expense of the innocent tax payer.

He called for responsible harmonious working relationship among leaders in the county to enable them weed out corruption, which he said is one of the worst economic plagues in the country.

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By Enock Okong’o 

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