On Tuesday, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) arrested two individuals who allegedly defrauded a hopeful Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) applicant during the nationwide recruitment exercise.
According to a statement released by the Commission on Wednesday, the victim was deceived into parting with Ksh250,000 under the false pretense that these two individuals would ensure a smooth entry into the armed forces for him.
The duo were seized in Magarini, Kilifi County, and then escorted to the EACC Malindi Regional Offices for interrogation.
According to EACC, the complainant had taken out a loan to cover the so-called induction fees, as advised by the fraudsters, with the promise of securing his place in the KDF. However, this promise was not fulfilled.
“EACC arrested two civilians who had solicited and received Ksh250,000 from the complainant as an inducement to facilitate his recruitment and admission to the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) during the ongoing recruitment,” reads part of the statement.
The complainant had reportedly borrowed Ksh250,000 from a bank to pay the requested bribe after being told by the suspects that they had influential connections within the KDF that could guarantee him a position.
The incident occurred just one day after the Ministry of Defence, ahead of the nationwide recruitment drive that began on Monday, issued text messages to applicants cautioning them against involvement in fraudulent activities or falling victim to the schemes of con artists.
During each recruitment cycle, instances of attempted bribery aimed at gaining an unfair advantage in the selection process for the armed forces come to light. The sum of these bribes can reach as high as Ksh500,000 per individual.
Lieutenant General Jonah Mwangi, the Vice Chief of Defence Forces (VCDF), inaugurated the recruitment campaign at the Defence Headquarters in Nairobi.
In his address, the Mwangi revealed that the recruitment would occur daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. across 374 centers in all 47 counties.
The process would encompass the recruitment of officer cadets, recruits, and Defence Forces constabularies, drawing from former KDF and ex-National Youth Service (NYS) personnel.
The recruitment exercise is slated to continue until Friday, September 8, 2023.