Garissa water company boss arrested over forged academic certificate

Dolal Mohamed

Dolal Mohamed Mohamud, the Managing Director of Garissa Water and Sewerage Company.


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Garissa Water and Sewerage Company's Managing Director, Dolal Mohamed Mohamud, has been arrested on suspicion of falsifying an academic certificate.

Mr Mohamud was arrested on Thursday afternoon by officers from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

According to the anti-graft agency, Mr Mohamud is suspected to have forged his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) Certificate to secure university admission.

The arrest has been confirmed by the commission's Spokesperson Eric Ngumbi who said that the suspect scored Grade D in KCSE but forged a certificate that indicated he scored a Grade C+.

Mr Mohamud is alleged to have used the falsified certificate to secure admission at the University of Nairobi.

Mr Ngumbi said the commission will recover all the salaries and benefits that Mr Mohamud has earned based on his invalid academic qualifications acquired using the fake certificate.

Mr Mohamud is being held at Garissa Police Station pending arraignment in court on Friday.

This arrest comes barely three days after the EACC chairperson, Bishop David Oginde, sounded the alarm on the use of fake academic papers to gain employment.

The commission’s boss, while speaking in Kisumu, said the use of fake certificates is eroding gains made in the education sector.

He however warned that the law would soon catch up with those using fake certificates to gain employment.

Bishop Oginde said anyone found to have falsified his or her academic credentials to gain employment would have their monthly salaries, assets and the resources earned for the period worked recovered.

“We will recover all the money you got through that process, even if you worked 20 years,” Bishop Oginde said.

Additional reporting by Steve Otieno