Kakamega man in custody for attempting to bribe KDF officer

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 16 Nov, 2021 08:57 | < 1 min read
KDF soldiers during an operation in Somalia. PHOTO: FILE]
KDF soldiers during a security operation. PHOTO: FILE]
KDF soldiers during a security operation. PHOTO: FILE]

A middle-aged man was arrested in Malava, Kakamega County for attempting to bribe a Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Officer in the ongoing countrywide recruitment drive.

According to the officers, the youthful man had written on his palm the amount of money he was willing to part with to secure recruitment into the forces.

"The 23-year-old potential recruit had written Ksh 400,000 on his palm, an indication that he intended to offer that amount to the recruiting officer," a statement by KDF read.

The suspect was handed over to civil police for further interrogation.

Vice Chief of the Defence Forces Lieutenant General Francis Ogolla yesterday launched the 2021 (KDF) nationwide field recruitment drive that will take place in 327 gazetted sub-counties across all the 47 counties.

Speaking during the conference, Lt Gen Ogolla warned Kenyans to be cautious of con men/women masquerading as KDF officers soliciting bribes and issuing fraudulent calling letters.

"KDF is playing its role in combating the vice and that 2021 service personnel who were involved in recruitment malpractices are already facing court-martial and the due process will be followed," Ogolla said.

This Year's exercise has six categories that the Kenya Defence Forces will recruit in notably: General Service Officer(GSO)Cadets, General Service Officer (GSO)Cadets(Graduate), Specialist Officer Cadets, General Duty (GD)Recruit, Tradesmen/Women and, Defence Forces Constables.

"KDF reiterates that any form of corruption is not allowed in the recruitment exercise and that the process is free and fair to all eligible Kenyans," Ogola added.