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Machakos: 121 officers suspended over fake KCSE certificates, 14 interdicted

121 staff in Machakos have been struck off from the county payroll for allegedly using fake KCSE certificates to secure employment in the county government. 14 others from the revenue collection department have also been interdicted.

Addressing the press Monday, Machakos County Secretary and Head of Public Service Dr. Muya Ndambuki revealed that in February they had sent 5018 KCSE certificates to KNEC for authentication where 121 came back as fake.

He noted that the same was being done for degree holders noting that the county government was eager to ensure they hunt down any worker with fake credentials.

“Today I wish to announce that in February 2024 we requested KNEC to authenticate 5018 certificates. Upon verification 121 copies of certificates were found not to be genuine, there is every indication that this number may go up due to cases under investigation by the same body for anomalies such as name mismatch, sadly these are persons who never deserved to be in the public service in the first place, ” said the county secretary.

“I direct the Chief Officer Public Service to initiate the process of exiting these persons within two days and institute recovery of any earnings if these persons as provided in the law. We have requested individual universities and Kenya National Qualifications authority to verify degrees and diplomas, ” he added.

The County secretary also revealed the interdiction of 14 officers from the revenue collection department who allegedly conspired with traders to avoid paying taxes.

“14 officers from Mwala sub-county have allegedly taken part in defrauding the county of revenue. These employees vacate their offices until they are cleared of these allegations or otherwise. This is immediate,” the County secretary added.

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