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Fury as women in Bomet locked out of KDF recruitment

18 September 2015, 13:02 Kimagata Maridany

Nairobi - Hundreds of women who turned up for the Kenya Defence Forces KDF recruitment exercise in Bomet County were turned away since there were no slots set aside for them in the county.

Defending the decision, the officer in charge of the exercise Lieutenant Colonel Erick Oloo said the population of women in the military from the region was high thus the decision no to recruit any.

But that did not go down well with those who turned up, saying the move was unfair to them.

Lona Chebet, 22, said she could not believe there were no slots for women, adding that it amounted to discrimination.

"We are not happy. When they advertised, they did not tell us there were no slots for women, and that is why we turned up in big numbers to try our luck," a furious Ms Chebet said.

She said the move amounted to discrimination despite the alleged high population of women from the county in the military.

"It is a sad day for us in Bomet as women. How can an entire recruitment exercise be done with no single lady being recruited yet all along they have been recruiting only two or at times one woman over the years," she added.

Oloo, however, said the recruiting team had to stick to the guidelines, which were based on the current population of women in the military.

"We are recruiting based on the population in the military and because Bomet has a big number of women, it will have to wait until the next recruitment so that it can be awarded a slot," he said.

The officer said from the more than 1,800 recruits who turned up to try their luck, only seven were picked to join the military.

Among the seven, one will be joining the Air Force, another the Kenya Navy while five will be recruited to the Army.

He said though the exercise took off very well, the team was faced with challenges, adding a big number of hopefuls ignored the set requirements for recruitment.

Oloo said a big number presented copies of their certificates while others used waiting cards instead of the original documents.

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