Marsabit ward administrator arrested with fake academic certificates, says EACC

By , K24 Digital
On Mon, 26 Feb, 2024 16:01 | 2 mins read
Marsabit Central Halkano Dabasso
Marsabit Central Halkano Dabasso. PHOTO/EACC

Detectives from the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) have arrested the ward administrator for Marsabit Central Halkano Dabasso for allegedly having fake academic certificates.

Confirming the arrest, EACC Spokesperson Eric Ngumbi said the suspect is currently held at EACC Isiolo Regional Offices for processing and will later be booked at Isiolo police station pending arraignment.

According to investigations by EACC, the suspect used a forged Diploma in Community Development and Social Work,  and a KCSE Certificate to fraudulently gain employment in Marsabit County Government where he has been working since 2018. The Diploma is purported to have been issued by the Thika Institute of Business Studies.

Ngumbi said that besides charging the County Official, EACC will recover and return to the Government all the salaries and benefits that the ward administrator has earned based on the fake certificates over the years, as his illegitimate employment amounts to fraudulent acquisition of public property.

"The arrest came after ODPP concurred with recommendations of the Commission to charge the ward administrator with the following offences; one count of Fraudulent acquisition of public property contrary to section 45(1)(a) as read with section 48(1) of ACECA, one count of deceiving principal contrary to section 412 as read with as read with section 48(1) of ACECA and two counts of Forgery contrary to section 345 as read with section 349 of the Penal code," Ngumbi said.

The suspect will also be charged with two counts of uttering a false document contrary to section 353 as read with section 349 of the Penal Code.

Isiolo police officers arraigned

On Monday, EACC arraigned before the Isiolo Anti-Corruption Court two police officers, David Irungu and Hassan Liban Hassan, on bribery and robbery with violence charges.

The officers are said to have demanded a bribe of Ksh50,000 from a suspect they had arrested and detained at Merti police station for allegedly being a member of the outlawed Al-Shabaab Association.

The police officers, while armed with a rifle, frisked the complainant and robbed him of an additional Ksh57,000.

The accused have pleaded not guilty to the bribery and robbery with violence charges and were released on a cash bail of Ksh300,000 or a surety bond of Ksh500,000.

The hearing of the case is scheduled for May 27, 2023.

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