Kenyan lawyer plagiarizes a fellow Kenya’s PhD thesis..


Plagiarism is often passed as the mere copying of another person’s work or borrowing someone else’s original ideas. Terms like “copying” and “borrowing” however, can disguise the seriousness of the offense:

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines plagiarism as follows:

  • To steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own
  • To use (another’s production) without crediting the source
  • To commit literary theft
  • To present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud as it involves both stealing someone else’s work and lying about it afterward.

Conrad Bosire, whose profile at Strathmore University website designates him as an adjunct lecturer of law pursued his PhD at the University of South Africa (UNISA).  His 2013 doctoral thesis was on: “Devolution for development, conflict resolution, and limiting central power: An analysis of the Constitution of Kenya 2010. He graduated with a doctorate degree. Read his thesis HERE

Now another Kenyan, Christopher Orina Kenyariri, a member of Kenya’s legal profession has presented almost the same thesis as Bosire’s for his doctoral studies, at the same UNISA! Check his thesis HERE

When Bosire found out what was going on, he took to social media to display his utter shock and dismay:

“Someone liked my PhD thesis so much that he submitted it to the UNISA as his doctoral thesis and graduated this year with a doctorate. He is already going round with the title “DR” using my work. He plagiarised even my acknowledgment and abstract, word for word! This someone is a member of the legal profession in Kenya and teaches in the law faculty in one of the local universities. This “colleague” will soon learn why plagiarism is THE GRAVEST ACADEMIC SIN!”

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