Detectives have arrested four suspects responsible for high level examination fraud.
This follows intelligence reports of sale of examination papers to candidates sitting the ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Schools Examinations (KCSE).
The detectives arrested the main suspect Gideon Kibet Tanui alias Evans Kipruto, an Information Technology student at Baringo Technical College, while he was busy administering English paper 2 and Chemistry paper 1, to students of Silibwet and Sitoito secondary schools in Molo, Via his what’s app group with a following of 70 members.
The suspect who was dishing out examination papers at 500 shillings per paper, was also discovered to be a member of two fraudulent examination Telegram groups with over 17,000 followers.
The IT student whose Mpesa account had over Sh10,000 at the time of his arrest, was also operating a separate KCB account at Kabarnet branch, where he immediately transferred the received cash from his Mpesa to avoid reversals. In order to conceal his identity, the SIM card he was using was registered using the identification details of one Evans Kiprono.
In an operation that also involved the DCI social media sleuths and Twitter admin who posed as a candidate, Tanui has since last Sunday engaged detectives in a hide and seek game, from Molo highlands, to Kabarnet in Baringo, where he was finally nabbed.
Another Rongo University student who has been in constant communication with Tanui, Kevin Kiprotich Langat, was also on Thursday arrested.
“It is at Rongo University where a wider syndicate of the examination fraudsters existed, in a Telegram group dubbed the ‘Kale Group’ created under the name ‘Bailing Out’ among other groups,” red the police report.
Langat led detectives to a third culprit, a first year political science and swahili student Justice Leting, who at the time of arrest was busy distributing the Kiswahili paper and preparing answers for the Chemistry practical paper.
Using cyber and digital forensics, detectives intercepted tens of messages containing screenshots of the papers that are currently being examined, including handwritten answers which will be subjected to forensic document examination at the DCI National Forensic Laboratory, to ascertain the authors.
“Shockingly, Leting’s mobile phone had the entire KCSE examination material which was recovered by detectives. He revealed to have been working with other students at the institution who are still being pursued,” the report further revealed.
These unfolding comes amid assurance from the Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha that none will tamper with the ongoing KCSE examination.
According to DCI, an elaborate web of fraudsters comprising of school heads, security agents, parents and college students, in some parts of the country have conspired to give lazy students unfair advantage over their colleagues who worked hard and prepared for their examinations.
It is reported that in some parts of the country, examination containers are opened hours before the set time, to supply the examination papers to university and college students, for development of answers that are later sold to candidates.
Detectives have also unearthed that the syndicate operates a till number account at Ecobank where candidates are being asked to deposit 5,000 shillings per paper, or a discounted rate of Sh20,000 for the whole examination.
Detectives have already zeroed in on the masterminds of this high level fraud, believed to be hiding in Nandi hills.
Meanwhile, cyber & digital forensics experts are analyzing all the subscribers in the Whatsapp & Telegrams groups involved in the Examination malpractice for legal action, as documents examination & handwritings sleuths complement their efforts.