Alarm as fraudsters posing as EACC officers target secondary school Principals

EACC Spokesperson Eric Ngumbi speaks to journalists today in Machakos. Photo: Agnes Orango

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has issued a warning about scammers impersonating EACC officers and targeting high school principals in a new extortion scheme.

Eric Ngumbi, the EACC spokesperson, told Education News that there have been six incidents of fraudsters visiting high schools, claiming to conduct investigations on various issues, and demanding bribes to drop them.

He confirmed that some Principals have already lost money to these people.

“These fake officers are taking advantage of the fear and respect Principals have towards the EACC to extort money. It’s not only schools but also other public offices, we advise all educators to be extremely cautious and report any suspicious activities immediately,” Ngumbi said.


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Ngumbi assured that genuine EACC investigations are conducted with complete transparency and do not involve soliciting money.

“When investigating someone we don’t meet them outside but summon them to our offices. Our work is done in line within the law and we don’t ask for money,” he noted.

He asked school administrators to verify the identity of anyone claiming to be an EACC officer and to report any suspicious encounters.

The EACC is cooperating with law enforcement to track down and arrest the fraudsters. High school principals are encouraged to contact the EACC directly if they encounter any suspicious individuals.

By Agnes Orang’o

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