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KDF recruit cries foul over dismissal from training college

11 November 2013, 14:47 Oduor Omondi

Migori - A Kenya Defense Force recruit from Suna East constituency in Migori district has appealed to Commander in Chief of Kenya Defense Forces, President Uhuru Kenyatta, to investigate the circumstances under which she was dismissed from the service.

Emily Atieno Onyango wants the intervention of the Head of State after the military sent her packing on allegations that she failed a pregnancy test after her admission to the training camp.

Atieno, who was the best overall and only female recruit enlisted in the military from Migori district, maintains that she was not pregnant when the officers at the Kenya Defense Forces Recruitment Training Service in Eldoret dropped her from the list of recruits.

She also claimed that her admission letter, serial number 0669, was confiscated by the officers who later dismissed her and insisted that she failed to produce documents supporting her admission to the college.

Atieno said she was dismissed on November 4, 2013 after being tested by the military doctors at the military training college in Eldoret but was never given the results.

She claims to have visited Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital to ascertain the pregnancy allegations for a second opinion, where she tested negative.

“I took the pregnancy test at Moi Referral and Teaching Centre. The test was negative. I am not pregnant, and my conscience is clear about that,” said an agitated Atieno.

The disillusioned Atieno therefore appealed to President Kenyatta and KDF Chief, General Julius Karangi, to investigate the issue and ensure she is readmitted to the military college.

Lukas Ooko, Emily’s uncle, said the family is appealing to anyone out there who can help them seek justice to come and assist their daughter.

“When Emily was recruited, we thanked God as we knew she would be the pillar that would help her poverty-stricken family; her siblings were looking up to her for support and for this we will not relent until justice is served,” said Ooko.

Prior to her recruitment, Atieno was working at a construction site in Homa bay as a clerk to support her siblings who were in secondary schools before she tried her luck in the military.

However, when contacted on phone, Major David Mramba who was in-charge of the recruitment in Migori, said the doctors from the military did their duties accordingly adding that they should not be doubted over the pregnancy results.

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