Kenyans have been told to be aware of conmen masquerading as military recruiting officers as the national recruiting exercise of Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) kicked Monday morning.
The Vice Chief of Defense Forces Lieutenant General Joseph Kasaon while launching the exercise said recruitment will be conducted by 16 recruiting teams in all the 47 counties and genuine letters will be issued by recruiting officers at recruiting centers.
Kasaon said 2000 eligible men and women will be selected having met the qualifications. Those seeking to join must be between the ages 18-26 years and scored a minimum grade of D plain
The National Intelligence Service, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and civil society organizations have been invited to take part in ensuring transparency during the exercise.
Today (Monday), the recruitment exercise was conducted in 10 counties which included Kiambu, Kericho, Kisumu, Laikipia and Embu.
Others are Kwale, Busia, West Pokot, Narok and Samburu. The recruitment exercise will end on 13th of March this year.
Last week while speaking to new recruits during the pass out parade at their training school in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County, President Uhuru Kenyatta lauded efforts by the Kenya Defence Forces in the fight against terrorism both in Somalia, and closer home.
He also praised the military for the role they are playing in Boni forest, Lamu County, as part of the Multi Agency Force, ridding the region of terrorists and other criminals.
He said their engagements have greatly degraded Al Shabaab’s ability to attack.
“When this entire region is finally at peace, it will be because the men and women of this Service fought bravely for peace, for prosperity, and for freedom and equality under law,” said the President.
He said one of his essential duties, as the Commander-in-Chief is the protection of Kenyans and the preservation of Kenya’s integrity under the constitution.
The President said in defence of our motherland and in the pursuit of peace and security, some of the gallant soldiers have paid the ultimate price noting that the losses are a reminder that the threat is still there.
“I stand here today to say that these sons and daughters of Kenya have not fallen in vain. Their sacrifice for our freedom strengthens our resolve to fight the enemy, and to destroy him once and for all,” said the president.
The Head of pointed out that the Kenya Defence Forces remain a symbol of the country’s nationhood and a leading example of its unity.
He said the forces unity and cohesion stand as proof of the greatness that can be achieved when all Kenyans live in harmony.
He said the nation values the unique contribution of each member of the Kenya Defence Forces serving the country – often in difficult situations – to keep the peace, and to protect our values.
“We also recognize the contributions that our Defence Forces continue to make to our country as a whole, especially in turning their skills and assets to development projects across the country,” said the President.
The President commended every member of the Kenya Defence Forces for their professional conduct during operations in support of civil authority.
Present were the Defence Forces Cabinet Secretary, Raychelle Omamo, Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe, service commanders and other senior military and government officers.