Embattled Johnson Sakaja, a senator from Nairobi, may be arrested for using a fraudulent degree.
This comes after the court established a precedent by jailing two Kenyans for a total of six years for falsifying academic credentials.
In 2018, Pauline Otieno and Lilian Ochieng worked as supplies assistants for the Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation.
The pair was accused of five offences, including forgery and fraud, according to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
In a statement, the EACC stated that the defendants were charged with forgery, giving false information to a public entity, misleading a public entity, uttering a false document, and fraudulent acquisition of public property, which was the total pay earned on counterfeit certificates.
Otieno received a sentence of two years and six months in prison or a KSh 228,698 fine for his conviction, while Ochieng received a sentence of three years and six months in prison or a KSh 271,901 fine.
According to a statement from the EACC, “Pauline fabricated a Certificate in Procurement from Mount Kenya University and Lilian forged both a Diploma and Certificate from the Kenya Institute of Management.”
The pair had been working in the company as casual workers for eight years prior to fabricating the necessary paperwork for their promotion to Supplies Assistants.
This occurs when certain politicians fight cases of academic forgery leading up to the much anticipated General Election on August 9.
For instance, detectives are looking into the validity of senator Sakaja’s diploma.
Sakaja’s degree from a Ugandan University is being probed by two institutions, the Inspectorate of government and the National Council for Higher Education.