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March 24, 2018

Three foreign athletes arrested for using fake papers to get IDs, voters cards

Members of the public are registered as voters during the IEBC's mass listing that will end on February 14, 2017. /ELKANA JACOB
Members of the public are registered as voters during the IEBC's mass listing that will end on February 14, 2017. /ELKANA JACOB

Two Rwandans and a Burundian have been arrested with forged documents they allegedly attempted to use to get Kenyan IDs to register as voters.

The three, who are athletes, were arrested in Elgeyo Marakwet alongside a Kenyan who was helping them get the IDs at Sinetwo mobile ID registration centre. The Kenyan athlete was identified as Laban Kipkoech.

They were all taken to Kaptagat police station for interrogation after they were apprehended on Monday.

The suspects had used the fake documents to acquire Kalenjin names. 

Rwandan Hakizimana Gervaiz wanted to name himself Geoffrey Kimutai Kigen while Hagenimana Olivier had christened himself Peter Kipkembboi Rop.

Police said the suspects also obtained primary school leaving certificates from an institution in Ainabkoi constituency, Uasin Gishu. Photocopies of the certificates were signed by the school's headteacher who is being sought by police.

Burundian Mpungu Elonge was the one carrying the forged documents at the time of the arrests.

One of the Rwandans had pretended to be deaf but spoke at the police station. The other said he had been training on an off in Kenya for 11 years.

“We are handling the matter with the seriousness it deserves. They will be arraigned in court as soon as the probe is over," said deputy county commissioner Dhaabu Mwadime.

Read: Three foreigners arrested in Kisumu in ‘conning’ syndicate


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