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Senior police officer who's worked for 22 years with fake certificates

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A senior officer has been found to have cheated his way into the Administration Police Service after working for 22 years undetected.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Nelson Omwenga Nyakundi based at the Administration Police Training College (APTC) used academic documents of another person to get enlisted to the service.

Nyakundi had allegedly been cleared by the National Police Service Commission, which vetted him, and was not on the list of 63 officers shown the door in October 2015. The officers who included AP spokesman Masoud Mwinyi were accused of being corrupt.

The sacking of Mwinyi angered fellow officers who wondered why Nyakundi had been spared the axe. The same month The Nairobian lifted the lid on Nyakundi’s education background. A senior officer claimed Nyakundi was promoted to Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) even before results of the vetting exercise were made public.

The commission’s chairman, Johnstone Kavuludi, said they launched a probe following the forgery claims. During a press conference, while releasing the names of seven officers found to be unfit, Kavuludi said Nyakundi used a certificate belonging to his relative who is a principal of a secondary school in Kisii. The officer’s real name was given as Charles Nyakeri. Kavuludi said Nyakundi would be subjected to disciplinary action.

The officer’s documents implies that he was in Standard Eight when he was only 10 years old.

“There is no way he could have been in Class One while aged one. Even his relatives were shocked to learn of the findings. Also dismissed were SSPs Lawrence Martin Kariuki, William Meto Kiprotich and Joseph Kipkemoi Kemeli. Others included SPs Jackson Muriuki Magambo, Samuel Olentutu Olenkiti and Mr Samuel Bore Kipwese and assistant SP Peter Kemboi Chemos.

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