By Calvin Osiemo
The Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) recruitment exercise that kicked off on Monday this week has so far reported a number of incidences of corruption despite the warning from Vice Chief of the Defense Forces Lt. Gen. Joseph Kasaon advising Kenyans against issuing bribes for their youth to join the service. In Narok County, a man was arrested at Ololung’a for allegedly trying to bribe recruiting officers to have his brother join the KDF. According to Lt. Col. Erick Oloo, Johnson Dunkul Keshe on Wednesday is reported to have tried to give Ksh. 100,000 to the recruiting officers whom in turn he had expected to help his brother’s recruitment on Thursday at the Maasai Mara University recruiting center.
“We were at Ololung’a when one man came with Ksh. 100, 000 cash and attempted to bribe our officers but instead, they got hold of him together with his brother who was to be recruited and we handed them over to the police. Kenyans are wasting their money and assets attempting to bribe for jobs in KDF. We are a free and fair force and we discourage any form of corruption. Those involved in the bribery incident should face the law to serve as a lesson for others with similar intentions,” said Lt. Col. Oloo.
Confirming the incident Narok County Criminal Investigations Officer John Mulaulu said that Dunkul Keshe who was arrested alongside his brother are being held as investigation into the matter continue.
“We are holding the two men who are brothers for attempting to bribe a KDF warrant officer Gideon Muchiri with Ksh. 100,000 to have his brother recruited,” said Mulaulu.
However, the exercise had witnessed a low turnout from women across the country but the few who turned up met the requirements.
The exercise which will take 30 days across the country in 272 districts headquarters is targeting 2,500 prospective recruits. The military department has said everybody is welcome to witness the recruitment process for purposes of transparency. According to Vice-Chief of Defense Forces Joseph Kasaon, since 2009, Kenyans have lost Ksh. 52 million in a bid to secure military jobs