Tanzania Registration, Insolvency And Trusteeship Agency Increasing Action on Fake Birth Certificates
The Tanzania Registration, Insolvency and Trusteeship Agency (RITA) has declared a fresh war on fake birth certificates by embarking on inspection on private companies’ employees to identify forged papers.
The RITA Chief Executive Officer, Phillip Saliboko told APA in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday that the move came after realizing that many people in the private sector used fake certificates when applying for employment.
He said that after the owners of fake certificates have been identified, the matter would be left to the employers to take action against their employees.
“By mid this year, we are going to ask private companies to submit birth certificates of their employees for verification,” Saliboko told an interview with The Citizen in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday.
He said it was not possible for private companies to notice forged birth certificates without bringing them for verification.
The move would also involve cooperating with security bodies to search for people who produce fake certificates.
He said the trend of forging birth certificates has persistently remained high among the public.
“Various foreign embassies in the country have been cross checking with us over birth certificates of Tanzanians who applied for visas to their countries and helped us identify and seize several fake certificates,” Saliboko said.
He warned against forging birth certificate which he said is a criminal offense that will lead to charges in court and liable for punishment when found guilty.
He said this will also deny culprits the right to employment and the holding of a passport.
“Many people are disqualify when applying for government posts through the Public Service Recruitment Secretariat because their birth certificates which are faked are forwarded to us for verification” he said.
Source African Press Agency
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