Kinyuru Munuhe and Bernard Gitau @PeopleDailyKe
Multiple cases of fake documents were yesterday detected during the recruitment of Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) personnel at the Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi.
Several candidates seeking to be enlisted as servicemen, constabularies, and tradesmen were found to be in possession of fake identification documents and academic certificates. “We have discovered quite a number of cases since morning but they were detected early enough.
One person had two identity cards bearing similar name and number but the serial numbers are different,” chief recruitment officer Brigadier Joakim Mwamburi told the media.
Many candidates were also eliminated for not being physically fit and not having been born in Nairobi. “Although Nairobi is a cosmopolitan area, we must give Nairobi residents a priority. Some who turned up are from different counties of birth,” added Mwamburi.
Besides Nairobi, the recruitment was also conducted in Murang’a, Isiolo, Kitui, Machakos, Baringo, Nakuru, Kisii, Homa Bay, Vihiga, Bungoma, Kakamega and Mombasa counties.
“Generally, the process has been smooth and above board. After every recruitment exercise, we are talking to area residents for their opinion on the exercise and the response has been positive,” said Mwamburi.
In isiolo, male hopefuls at the Central Division got a rude shock when they learnt that the exercise was a preserve for female candidates. Hundreds of young men who had turned up were told that no male slots were reserved for Isiolo town and its suburbs.
The officer in charge of the exercise Lt Col Samuel Mayenga said instructions from the Department of Defence (DoD) headquarters in Nairobi were that only female candidates would be given an opportunity since none from the area was currently serving in the KDF.
“We will recruit only female candidates from Central Division because statistics at the DoD indicate that no female from the division is currently serving in the Kenya Defence Forces.
He said the recruitment process was transparent. “There were no irregularities experienced during the exercise. Only those who met the minimum academic qualifications, physical fitness and medical requirements were recruited,” he said.
In Nakuru, 11 youths – 10 men and one woman – from Nakuru Central Division were picked. According to Lieutenant Colonel Gift Mwandango in charge of recruitment in Nakuru county, more than 200 had shown interest.
Mwandango said many candidates could not meet the minimum qualifications to join the Air Force and Navy. “Air Force and Navy recruits need to be technicians besides having a mean grade C (plain) and above and also C (plain) in Mathematics, English and Physics,” he said. He said of the 200, only four attained the qualifications and were later subject to an examination.