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Five arrested in fake KDF recruitment syndicate

14 November 2014, 20:57 Ben Wafula

Nairobi - Police in Kimilili sub-county Bungoma County have arrested five suspects including four men and a woman who were conning people hundreds of thousands of shillings in a fake Kenya defense force (KDF) recruitment exercise.

The five were arrested after lobby groups tipped the police about the conmen roaming the region with fake recruitment letters duping residents to part with a lot of money believing the letters are genuine.

The lobby groups Caucus for a better Bungoma and People against corruption said that they were approached by a lady from Nakoyonjo village in Kabuchai constituency to verify whether a letter she was given by the suspects after she gave out KES 250,000 for recruiting her daughter in ongoing KDF recruitment drive was genuine.

Caucus for a better Bungoma Secretary Michael Wafula disclosed that after scrutinizing the letter they decided to lay a trap for the suspects through asking them to help another relative of the victim to also be recruited into the military which they accepted without knowing that their days were numbered.

 "We asked the first victim to call the culprits and meet them in a Kimilili hotel before alerting the police officers who apprehended them while receiving the loot and the five suspects were arrested," he said.

The culprits identified as Judith Khaoya, Oliver Wekesa, Caleb Mulupi, Dickson Mulupi and Abel Shikanga are being held at the Kimilili police station.

Kimilili OCPD Mary Waguu confirmed the incident and said that the culprits will be arraigned in court once investigations are complete.

"These are the people who want to reap from where they have not sown and they will be arraigned in court once we are done with our investigations," said the OCPD.

The People against corruption lobby group chairman Enos Wamalwa cautioned residents against being duped to believe that some people can help their children to be recruited in the ongoing KDF recruitment exercise saying they have to report such cases to the relevant authority for proper action to be taken against the culprits.

Wamalwa called on the government to seal loopholes being used by conmen by sensitizing the public on the procedures normally used in the recruitment exercise saying such people are taking advantage of majority of Kenyan naivety to dupe them.

The KDF recruitment exercise will be conducted later this month with residents of Kimilili constituency calling upon the government to ensure the exercise is free and fair after the previous Kenya police and administration police recruitment exercise were nullified due to corruption claims. 

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