Low turnout as KDF recruitment kicks off

Enock Amukhale and Brian Musyoka @PeopleDailyKe

The nationwide Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) recruitment kicked off yesterday with a low turn out characterising the exercise in different parts of the country.

At Kibos grounds in Kisumu East sub-county where the exercise was conducted, a few jobseekers turned up to try their luck. Women particularly stayed away with less than 20 presenting themselves for evaluation.

According to Lt Col Paul Kindochimu who is in charge of the exercise, the turnout did not meet expectations. “We started the exercise of recruiting youths into KDF here in Kisumu East sub-county and we have some youth who have come to try their luck.

The turnout was not good but we must get those who will join the forces. Every prospective applicant must meet all the requirements set by the KDF recruitment team,” said Kindochimu. At the same time, he cautioned against con men who may attempt to defraud them by promising to help secure place at the KDF college.

“I caution the job seekers and the public against con men who may attempt to defraud them of money by promising to secure them place at KDF college. The exercise is free and corruption-free,” said Kindochimu.

In Embu, youths who turned up for the recruitment with degree certificates were locked out of the process and asked to turn up during the recruitment of cadets or specialist officers.

Speaking to journalists in Embu East, Leutenant Colonel Alfred Olenawakas who is overseeing the process in the county, said new policies do not allow them to select degree holders. The process will continue tomorrow in Manyatta constituency and later in Mbeere North and South sub-counties.

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