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KDF hopeful disqualified for failing to produce urine

16 September 2015, 12:41 John Kioo

Kwale - A youth in Kwale was Tuesday sent home for failing to produce urine to facilitate a medical test in the ongoing  Kenya Defence Force (KDF) recruitment drive.

Iddi Juma Manyenze from Chirimani village in Matuga constituency had gone through all other procedures without fail until the time for urinalysis, when his effort to urinate failed even after taking a lot of water.

Speaking to the media while leaving Kwale high school grounds where KDF officials were conducting the recruitment, Iddi said that his efforts to drink a lot of water did not help.

“I went through the running test and all documents were verified but my urine system failed me and now I cannot join Kenya Defence Force,” said Iddi.

He is among over 400 youths who thronged Kwale high school with hopes of joining KDF.

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“Imagine I had qualified to join KDF but the doctors needed my urine to test. I could not produce even a single drop and was thus automatic locked out,” he added.

Iddi said the officer conducting the recruitment gave him time to relax and see if he could urinate but things did not work out at all.

“I can’t say I was shocked because my mind was relaxed. I am very disappointed because I thought I would get the job and help my family,” he said.

A third-born in his family, he said he was determined to join KDF because of his poor background.

“I am a product of Kwale high school but my parents have not been able to take me to college," he narrated.

Lieutenant Joseph Kosekei said such cases can be linked to excitement or tension among recruits, adding that only doctors are best placed to give a clear explanation.

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