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 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.