Kenya army arrests dozens bogus would-be soldiers

From MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – THE Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) has arrested 132 suspects in a crackdown against bogus recruitments into the army.

Suspects arrested in the western Eldoret County are among hundreds that have been conned of millions of the local currency Shilling by bogus army personnel.

They suspects have been arrested at the Moi Barracks Recruits Training College (RTC) where they sought recruitment.

The letters cannot be authoritatively confirmed to have been issued by the KDF and we have handed the owners of the letters to the civil police to carry out investigations,” said Brigadier Martin Ong’oi, the  Chief of Personnel at KDF.

The suspects had been hopeful of recruitment into the army following the exercise that began two weeks ago.

“When we started the recruitment, it was made clear that the recruitment is free and no corruption would be allowed,” Ong’oi said.

He warned unsuspecting job seekers to the prevalence of fraudulent schemes issuing fake recruitment documents.

“Many more letters remain in circulation and the public must be aware,” Ong’oi advised.

Police in Eldoret last week arrested two men suspected to be behind the issuing of the fake recruitment letters.

KDF is recruiting as part of ongoing plans to boost its military might against the al-Shabaab terror group carrying out insurgency acts in Kenya and neighbouring Somalia.

– CAJ News

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