Two government officials from the Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation (Rerec) have been sentenced to six years in prison by the Kisumu Anti-Corruption Court for four years ago for forging documents to secure government jobs.
Pauline Anyango Otieno and Lilian Akoth Ochieng were found guilty of forging educational certificates for Mount Kenya University (MKU) and the Kenya Institute of Management (KIMs) to secure employment and promotion as civil servants in the state-owned company’s procurement department in 2018 received.
According to Judge Teresa Odera’s verdict after a plea between the prosecution and the defense, Ms. Otieno will serve two and a half years in prison, while Ms. Ochieng will serve three and a half years for the offenses.
< p>The court gave them the alternative of paying a fine of Sh228,698 and Sh271,901 respectively.
The court order also offered to refund all wages earned during employment in the form of forged certificates.
According to evidence presented in court by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), Ms. Otieno forged a certificate in Procurement of MKU, while Ms. Ochieng forged both a Diploma (Purchasing and Supplies) and a Certificate (Purchasing and Supplies Management), both awarded by KIMs /p>
They were employed by Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation in 2018 .
Before their formal employment, they had worked for the company as temporary workers for eight years. They were officially hired as supply assistants after forging said academic certificates. They had served in their new positions for two months prior to the EACC investigation.
They were arrested on August 22 and April 26, 2021 respectively, and settlement negotiations began in January 2022.
They faced criminal charges such as forgery, providing false information to a public entity, deceiving a public entity, supplying a false document, and fraudulently acquiring public property, which was the cumulative salary , earned with fake certificates.