Tuesday Feb 24, 2009 Varsity sacks Kenyan impostor PIUS RUGONZIBWA, 24th February 2009 @ 10:07 Management of St Johns University in Dodoma has sacked Kenyan Paul Maweu, who the university had engaged as a senior lecturer after he had tendered forged academic credentials. The Universitys Vice- Chancellor, Professor Manoris Meshack told the 'Daily News' by phone from Dodoma that Mr Maweus employment was terminated with immediate effect since last week. Mr Maweu (33) was sacked after he was discovered to have presented for employment fake credentials including certificates of secondary education, both BA and MA degree as well as PhD papers. According to the Curriculum Vitae he presented at the University, Mr Maweu painted himself as a BA graduate from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya where he said he graduated in 2001, Masters degree in 2004 from Lincolin University, Atlanta in the United States and a PhD from the same University in 2006. He is not here any more we handed his matter to the state security organs who are now handling his case, Prof Meshack said. Apart from forging papers, Prof Meshack said the Kenyan lecturer was also found with a Tanzanian passport that demonstrates he also cheated about his citizenship. The Immigration Department was reported to have initiated investigations on how he obtained the passport. Maweu entered the country in 2007 and joined Mwenge University College of Education (MUCE) in Moshi before storming the ranks of St Johns University last year, where somebody who happened to know him tipped off the authorities and the Kenyan was immediately grounded pending verification of his credentials. In another development, the Tanzania Commission on Universities (TUC) has cracked the whip at the growing number of foreign academicians reportedly securing top jobs in Tanzanian institutions of higher learning using dubious credentials to secure top posts in the Higher Learning Institutions. TCU Executive Secretary Professor Mayunga Nkunya, told the 'Daily News' that his Commission had since given all foreigners teaching at the institutions up to mid March this year to submit all their credentials for verification. Professor Mayunga Nkunya added that the crackdown was a special move aiming at keeping the good image of home Universities and that of the country. We must do something before it is too late we have to safeguard the countrys image and that of our institutions, Prof Nkunya said. Meanwhile, Prof Nkunya has said he was prepared to advise the government and the National Electoral Commission (NEC) on how to introduce vetting mechanisms of academic credentials of candidates who will vie for political posts in future general elections. The move comes amid widespread reports of some cabinet ministers and Members of Parliament holding fake academic credentials. We intend to advise the electoral body on the exercise so as to get rid of this shame Uganda is already doing this, he said. Citing the enormity of the problem, Prof Nkunya said that some MPs holding fake PhDs had since approached some of the universities hunting for part-time teaching jobs.