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Health problems hinder Magarini youths from joining the Army

08 August 2012, 11:47 Alloys Musyoka

About 80 per cent of youths in Magarini are affected by Bilharzia disease and could not be recruited to Kenya Defense Force recruitment going on country wide.

While in Malindi drug abuse has been a major challenge to youths according to the senior officer leading group 12 of the exercise going on across the country Lieutenant Colonel Paul Njema.

Lieutenant Colonel Njema said use of drug abuse in Malindi and Magarini district have been seen as a major challenge for youths who went for Kenya Defense Force servicemen and service women recruitment.

During the recruitment in Malindi and Magarini recruiting officers were forced to send back many youths who were suffering from either bilharzia while others developed drug abuse complications after running.

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Njema said although they have been able to recruit several youths from the region water disease and the issue of drug abuse has been a major problem as well as education.

“Many youths especially in Malindi it’s unique as its all about drug addiction because some youths started running mad after running four kilometers which is a true sign of drug problem. While in Magarini a bilharzia disease was an issue in fact we were almost not recruiting anybody,” he said.

He said many of those affected by the disease could not be recruited in Magarini as well as those who develop signs of drug addiction during recruitment in both districts.

Addressing journalists in Malindi at Shada ground where recruitment was going on Colonel Njema said issues of bilharzia disease are mostly common in areas where people live near river and other stagnant water sources.

However Lieutenant Colonel Njema pointed out the issue of low level of education as one of those issues facing youths in the region.

He said they expected about 3,000 youths from the region but turnout was too low of about 1000 youths with most of them having mean grade of D but those recruited have at least mean grade of B.

At Marafa in Magarini five (5) youths were recruited among them was one lady while at Shada grounds in Malindi six (6) youths were recruited among them a lady out of thousands of youths who came in numbers during the exercise.

“This problem have cost many youths because they are energetic but their health can not allow KDF to recruit them,” he asserted.

He urged locals in the area to take their children to health centers for medical attention so that they can benefit from government recruitment of security officials in future.

Njema said if the problem is not addressed earlier in future the government may be forced to take youths from other regions because unhealthy recruits are not allowed.


“We don’t want our children to miss out this chances of serving the government so they should be treated and avoid using drugs to those who are using drug abuse,” he added.

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