The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has arrested six admins of various Telegram channels involved in malpractice during the ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams.
A joint operation involving officials from the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK), DCI officers assigned to the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC), and telecommunication service providers was initiated in response to the detection of more than 32 social media platforms engaged in sharing, selling, and posting examination materials in violation of the KNEC Act and its regulations.
A letter dated October 19, 2023, was sent to the Communications Authority of Kenya, with copies distributed to security agencies, by Mr. Befly Jemurgor Bisem, the Deputy Director of the Legal Service Division at KNEC.
The letter listed the 32 suspicious social media Telegram platforms, 30 of which were actively used by over 193,000 parents and students.
As investigations progressed and the first suspect, Nicholas Kalewa, alias Mr. Examiner (23 years old), was apprehended, more than 60,000 members left various groups. This resulted in an active participation of approximately 130,000 members.
By November 4, six additional administrators who were coordinating the fraudulent sharing, selling, and posting of examination materials across various Telegram groups had been arrested, effectively deceiving their members out of substantial sums of money.
One of the suspects was Martin Mogusu, alias Prof Martinez, who managed one of the most sought-after Telegram groups, “The Teacher’s Updates,” with an impressive following exceeding 18,000.
Within this group, Mogusu assured teachers, parents, and students that they could “relax” and that he was there to provide all the support they needed. However, behind the façade of support, he continued to amass substantial financial gains from those individuals.
Among those apprehended were two students from Thika Medical School, Faith Wairimu Maina (19) and Bilha Atieno Elly, also known as Abilo (20).
A 20-year-old admin, Prudence Mukami, also known as Sir Waylen, was apprehended while seeking customer care services at a Safaricom shop after the line she had used to open her Telegram account was suspended.
In separate operations, Wilfred Ondienga Obara, AKA Prof Wilfred, and Anderson Malotwa Agasiva (24) were also arrested.
The six suspects were arraigned today and charged with various offenses, including the dissemination of false information.
The Form Four candidates across the country started their theory papers on Monday November 6
A total of 903,260 candidates will be sitting this year’s KCSE exam.