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Low turn out during police recruitment

22 November 2012, 15:36 Wesley Gachugu

There was a low turn out in police recruitment in Naivasha while tens of youths were turned away during the countrywide exercise.

Weak bones, colored teeth, and lack of IDs and education certificates among the youths emerged as the major handicaps that faced the exercise.

The Baragoi incident in which over 40 police officers were killed was also blamed for the low turn out.

Naivasha DC Mohammed Abass who supervised the exercise in Kihoto grounds termed the exercise as fair and down played the low turn-out.

“We have been informed that the low turn-out is all over the country but the exercise is smooth and we expect to pick 10 APs and 13 regular police officers,” he said.

He attributed the colored teeth to the high fluoride levels in the water consumed around the lakeside town.

According to Abass, the fluoride made the bones weak and adversely affected the youth thus locking them from the uniformed forces.

“We have some extreme cases of people affected by the fluoride and their chances of joining police have been cut short,” he explained.

Youth who failed to make it praised the exercise terming it as free and fair saying that they will give it a try next year.

According to Vincent Mwaniki, many of the youths did not have IDs and waiting cards had been rejected.

“Some of us cleared school in 2011 and we don’t have IDs or KCSE certificates and this is the reason we have been kicked out,” he said.

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