57 Kenya De­fence Forces re­cruits held over forgery of call­ing let­ters

‘I didn’t go through the re­cruit­ment be­cause my par­ents told me just to wait for the let­ter and pro­ceed for train­ing,’ a re­cruit says

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - MATHEWS NDANYI @ndany­i_­math­ews

The KDF and po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the forgery of ad­mis­sion let­ters for 57 re­cruits.

The re­cruits were ar­rested with the fake let­ters at the Moi Bar­racks in El­doret on Mon­day.

El­doret West CID boss Ali Sa­matar said those in­volved in forg­ing let­ters will be charged in court.

KDF has pre­vi­ously been ac­cused of fraud dur­ing re­cruit­ments and is try­ing to stamp out the prac­tice.

They were ar­rested dur­ing a re­cruit­ment drive and handed over to the El­doret po­lice sta­tion.

“They pre­sented the doc­u­ments, which on anal­y­sis were found to be fake and we have them in cus­tody to help with the in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” Sa­matar said on Mon­day.

He said forgery of the let­ters is a se­ri­ous fraud of­fence.

“Those ar­rested in­cluded women. It’s not yet known how they ac­quired the fake call­ing let­ters,” Sa­matar said.

Some of the ar­rested re­cruits claimed they were given the call­ing let­ters by their relatives and told to re­port to the train­ing school.

“I did not go through the re­cruit­ment process be­cause my par­ents told me just to wait for the let­ter and pro­ceed for train­ing,” one ar­rested re­cruit said.

An­other re­cruit said his fa­ther got the let­ter from a friend in Kenya De­fence Forces.

Sa­matar said they are work­ing with the mil­i­tary of­fi­cers at the El­doret­based train­ing school to es­tab­lish the sources of the fake call­ing let­ters.

“Some of the fake let­ters are sus­pected to have been printed at River Road, Nairobi. They look gen­uine but on anal­y­sis they turn out to be fake,” he said.

Sa­matar said they are com­par­ing notes with the mil­i­tary of­fi­cers to es­tab­lish if there was any col­lu­sion be­tween the sus­pects and some mil­i­tary of­fi­cers.

A KDF of­fi­cer said they will take ac­tion against those found to have been in­volved in the forgery.

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