Samburu women banned from ongoing military recruitment drive

Written By: Roncliffe Odit

Dreams of several young Samburu women have been shattered after they were barred from participating in the ongoing military recruitment drive.

A number of women who turned up for the exercise lamented after the recruitment officers declined to give them an opportunity to be assessed in Maralal town, Samburu Central Sub-County.

The national recruitment exercise for general service officers, cadets and specialist officers led by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) took place on Monday.

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The one month drive will see young men and women above the age of 18 join the military in giving service to the nation.

Hundreds of young Samburu girls who had turned up for the exercise could not hold back tears when the recruiting officers denied them the opportunity to try their luck.

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Many lamented of discrimination especially having come from a region where women are usually not considered for equal opportunities as their male counterparts.

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Lieutenant Colonel Richard Onyango the chief recruitment officer had a difficult time explaining to the ladies why they were being by passed.

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Colonel Onyango however dismissed the reports that women were being discriminated against in recruitment among the pastoralists communities, even revealing that in Baragoi Sub-County there were slots for women.

Speaking while launching the exercise, KDF Vice Chief of Defence Forces Lt. Gen. Joseph Kasaon had said that out of the more than 2000 slots up for grabs, only 8% would be left for women recruits.

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