EACC probing certificates of Kuria’s candidate in Juja poll

Monday, April 19th, 2021 00:00 | By
George Koimburi associated with MP Moses Kuria
Juja MP George Koimburi addresses the media during one of his campaigns. Photo/PD/Mathew Mdung’u
Juja constituency seat candidate George Koimburi addresses the media during one of his campaigns. Photo/PD/Mathew Mdung’u

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) is investigating the forgery case involving Juja Parliamentary candidate George Ndungú Koimburi.

This is even as police intensified the hunt for him with the intention of presenting him in court before April 26.

Koimburi, who is running for the seat on a People’s Empowerment Party ticket, has been summoned by the Serious Crimes Unit based at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations for allegedly presenting  forged academic papers to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). 

Yesterday, EACC communication boss Yassin Aila told  People Daily that officers at EACC were also investigating the matter. 

“The agency is investigating the matter about the academic papers that were presented by the politician,” he said.

Moses Kuria, who is associated with the party, has dismissed the allegations against Koimburi and challenged EACC to tell Kenyans why it has not investigated what he said was about 40 per cent of MPs in the current parliament who hold fake academic documents.

“The only genuine document that  some of these MPs hold is a driving license. Why have they not gone after them?” Kuria posed.

On Wednesday last week, a Kiambu court issued an arrest warrant for the politician and ordered  that he be arraigned on Monday April 26. 

“He can run for now but he will not hide forever,” said Aila. 

Koimburi risks being knocked out of the race for the parliamentary seat scheduled for May 18 should the DCI and EACC have their way and prosecute him.

Trouble for Koimburi began on March 15 when the investigating officer, Obadiah Kuria, wrote to the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology seeking to know the authenticity of documents that he had presented to IEBC purporting to be from the institution.  

In a letter seen by People Daily, the officer also sought to find out whether a certificate of participation and another one of award from the institution were  genuine.  

KCSE exam

Seven days later, the office of the Registrar of Academic Affairs Esther Muoria responded saying that neither of the two certificates issued to IEBC by the suspect were from the institution.  

“Kindly note that there is no record indicating issuance of the following documents to Koimburi; Award of academic excellence during the 2011/2012 from the department of the school of Human Resource Development. 

On April 12, the investigating officer also wrote to the Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) seeking to know the authenticity of a 1994 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education issued by Koimburi of index number 62001/013 from  Ekalakala Secondary School.  

The certificate, which Knec CEO Mercy Karogo later dismissed as fake, indicates that the candidate scored C+.  

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