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City pastor misses out on plum job over ‘forged certificate’

A city pastor closely allied to Governor Evans Kidero is set to miss out on a plum job after Nairobi MCAs rejected his candidature following concerns on the validity of his certificate.

The Nairobi County Assembly’s committee on Justice and Legal Affairs also rejected the nomination of a second candidate on similar grounds.

Pastor Patrick Lumumba and Mrs Antastacia Syomwai Mutuku were nominated by Governor Kidero to sit in the County Policing Authority.

Mrs Syomwai was nominated to represent women in the authority, while Mr Lumumba was nominated to represent religious organizations.

In their report, committee members said Pastor Lumumba forged the Kenya Certificate of Education (KCE) certificate that he presented during vetting.

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The certificate indicated that Pastor Lumumba sat for the examination in 1980 at Bar Kowino Secondary School.  The Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) however told the committee that it had not registered the school as an examination centre by that time.

The committee also said that Mrs Syomwai did not register or sit for KCSE in 1990 as indicated in the certificate she had presented during vetting.

“I was shocked that even a pastor can forge documents in a bid to get an employment in the county. As a committee we have rejected him and want the executive to terminate any working relationship with him,” committee chairman Jaffer Kassam told Nairobi News.

Other nominees, Ismael Ibrahim (youth), Peter Mutuku (business sector), Mercy Njeri Osando (persons with disability) and Gore Mohamed were approved to sit in the County Policing Authority.

The policing authorities were established after  governors successfully lobbied to be involved in security issues to help address rising crime in counties.