1 out of 3 employees in the formal sector has fake certificates, KNQA, DCI announces crackdown


Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti
DCI boss George Kinoti. FILE

Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) announces a nationwide crackdown on fake academic certificate holders holding positions in the formal employment.

In conjunction with Kenya National Qualifications of Authority (KNQA), the DCI will detain the fraudsters.

The two agencies’ bosses met on Tuesday, February 9 at the DCI headquarters on Kiambu Road in Nairobi.

Dr Kilemi Mwiria; the chairman of KNQA, Dr Juma Mukhwana; the Director-General of KNQA, and George Kinoti; the DCI Director, attended the meeting.

The team agreed to form an inter-agency to handle fake certificates fraud in Kenya.

“We used to turn away people with fake academic qualifications and now with the partnership, the authority will hand them over to DCI,” said Dr Mukhwana.

Dr Mukhwana revealed that a third of Kenyans have fake academic documents and, therefore, the need to take action against such individuals. 

Kenya has approximately 3 million people in formal employment. Going by Dr Mukhwana’s confession, about 1 million formal job holders are therefore beneficiaries of fake academic certificates.

“We are working together with universities, TVET and foreign institutions to ensure that the country has genuine and quality qualifications,” said Dr Mukhwana.

KNQA has already met with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and the Immigration Services Department for partnership.


The Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) and the Immigration Services Department have accepted to partner to root out fake certificates.


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