In the charges read to her before Magistrate Thomas Simba at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate Court late last week, Neema Hezron (37) was charged of using another person’s names (Gati Samson) to secure employment in one of the mining companies in the country.
She is also accused of securing travel passports of various countries illegally and identity cards (IDs).
The suspect, however, pleaded not guilty and the accused was granted court bail. The case has been adjourned until March 8, on anther mention.
In 2017, over 10,000 civil servants with forged certificates were dismissed from their jobs and payroll after President John Magufuli ordered their immediate dismissal.
The verification exercise for academic certificates covered some 435,000 workers countrywide. Speaking after receiving the list soon after the completion of the exercise, President John Magufuli said: “It is a criminal offence to forge any document for whatever reason.”
He further directed that their names should be published in local media outlets, and their positions declared vacant, to facilitate recruitment of people with relevant qualifications to all the gaps.
The exercise however didn’t only end in the public service but went further to the private sector whereby some firms took measures and initiated verifications exercises in their institutions to uncover those holding fake academic credentials.