A 58-year-old man was arrested in Nyamira County for attempting to bribe Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) officers in the ongoing countrywide recruitment drive.
According to the recruiting officers, the man was caught in possession of Ksh203, 500 which he allegedly tried to bribe them with in favour of his nephew.
“The male adult aged 58 years was arrested on suspicion of trying to influence the ongoing Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) recruitment exercise in favour of his nephew while in possession of Ksh203,500 within the precincts of a recruitment centre in Nyamira County,” 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 on November 15, 2021 launched the 2021 (KDF) nationwide field recruitment drive that is currently taking 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 the ongoing recruitment exercise is free, fair and open to all eligible Kenyans. The public is reminded to be cautious of persons purporting to influence the exercise,” Ogola said.