A Ugandan form one dropout who forged academic certificates to get top jobs in government and reputable private companies in Kenya has been arrested by officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.
A Ugandan form one dropout who forged academic certificates to get top jobs in government and reputable private companies in Kenya has been arrested by officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and will be charged today Friday at the Milimani law courts.
Before his arrest last week, he was the deputy director of information communication and technology (ICT) at the Public Service Commission (PSC) according to the Nation Newspaper.
The 50 year old man has four aliases, namely, Moses Otieno Obiero, Nobert Muhoro Ikunda, Hope Lubega and Robert Mwanyala.
The Kenyan newspaper says for 26 years, the man used forged degrees and postgraduate certificates to secure employment in 10 organizations.
His con act started in 1991 when he was employed as an ICT assistant at the United Nation offices in Nairobi. In 1992 he moved to become the IT section head at the Standard Chartered Bank.
In 1995, he become the technical service manager at the Siemens Telcom before joining Interactive Technology (IBT) the following year till 2000.
He worked for the United Federation of the Red Crescent in the technical support department in 2001 before shifting after few months to work for Deloitte as system administrator until 2006.
Even the media were conned as he worked at the second largest media group in Kenya, the Standard as head of ICT before resigning to work as the chief information officer for Kenya Seed until 2012.
Between 2012 and 2014, he was head of ICT at Nzoia Sugar Company.
Until his arrest, he was working for the Kenyan government, at the Public Service Commission headquarters where he was the second in command at the ICT department since 2015.
The police say he was born in Uganda and attended Magwa and Army Primary Schools in Jinga where he completed his Primary education. He would later leave Uganda for Kenya and enrolled in class eight at Apuoyo Primary School in Uchiwe Village in Gem, Siaya, Western Kenya.
The police detectives in their investigations revealed he was admitted to Form One in Yala in 1986 but dropped out same year. Three years after in 1989, he moved in Nairobi to live with a relative.
At time of his arrest, police discovered three birth certificates, three Kenyan passports and two national identities cards all with different serial numbers and two master’s degree certificates, two Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education certificates and a Bachelor of Science degree.
Police have said it’s a mystery how the Ugandan managed to secure high profile jobs after 2010 when he entered in the criminal record book. In that year, he was charged with forging a degree certificate and pleaded guilty before being fined Sh50, 000.
In the criminal court case, he swore an affidavit to stop using the name Nobert Muhoro Ikundo, whose degree he had stolen.
The detectives says he was only realized in the PSC vetting programme that established gaps in his history. Security experts have recommended this information should be intensified and shared with other government agencies to avoid such happenings again.
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