130 recruits arrested with fake KDF letters

At least 132 youths were arrested yesterday at the gate of Moi Barracks Recruits Training School in Eldoret of Uasin Gishu county after they presented fake Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) admission letters.

The youths who had travelled from various parts of the country were shocked when they learned that their letters were not genuine upon reporting at the training school.

Chief of Personnel at KDF Brig Martin Ong’oi confirmed the arrest saying majority of the youths alleged that they had parted with huge sums of money to people posing as senior KDF officers to enlist them for recruitment.

Ong’oi, said they will hand over the alleged forgery matter to the Directorate of Investigations department in Eldoret for further action.

“We have arrested 132 youths who had reported at the training school from various parts of the country with fake admission letters. They will be taken to Eldoret police station to record statements before investigations into the racket commence,” said Ong’oi.

He said the number of people who have fallen prey to conmen posing as senior KDF officers had increased tremendously this year.

He added that last year, they arrested 65 youths with fake letters and that this year, the number has increased.

Last year, police in Eldoret arrested a 26-year-old man who is alleged to have conned youths interested to join KDF and recovered Sh726,000 he had collected from the victims.

The suspect, Augustine Wambugu, was arrested after a tip-off from members of the public.

Brigadier Ong’oi said many more letters were still in circulation and the public should be aware of the fake documents which are not from KDF.

“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,” Ong’oi said.

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