MCA Robert Kibe Githongo jailed for Form 4 certificate forgery

 

Robert Kibe Githongo Kiambu county assembly


A former Kiambu County Assembly member who committed forgery was given a four-year jail term.

 


Robert Kibe Githongo, the most recent MCA for Kiamwangi Ward, was charged in 2014 with forging his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE) certificate by saying it was a real document from the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC).

 


On Monday, November 7, Githongo appeared before the Milimini Anti-Corruption Court and was convicted of two offenses, including fabricating a certificate in violation of Section 347(a) of the Penal Code as read with Section 349 and uttering a fake document in violation of Section 353 of the Penal Code.


 

The former ward member was given a four-year prison term or a Ksh500,000 fine, Ksh250,000 for each of the two offenses, by the court.

 


Investigators from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) held Githongo in October 2019 because he gave the commission false information.


Githongo's KCSE certificate was denied by KNEC in 2017, which claimed it was a forgery.


According to the certificate, Githongo took his KCSE test in 1997 at Murera Secondary School using the index number 11235102/008.


At the time, KNEC claimed that their database did not include the index number.


How the accused was permitted to successfully run for the Kiamwangi ward seat in 2017 while using a falsified certificate is unclear.


Gathongo served as the head of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) for the Gatundu South Constituency prior to his election.


At the time of the 2017 election, he was also a pastor with the African Independent Pentecostal Church of Africa (AIPCA).


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