The Vice Chief of Defence Forces Lieutenant General Robert Kibochi, Assistant Chief of Defence Forces Personnel and Logistics Major General Fatma Ahmed, Chief of Personnel Defence Headquarters Brigadier Martin Ong’oyi, Chief Recruiting Officer Brigadier George Ejalan and Senior Public Communications Officer Mr. Walter Bogita Ongeri at the press briefing.
The Vice Chief of the Defence Forces (VCDF) Lieutenant General Robert Kibochi launched the second phase of the Kenya Defence Forces recruitment exercise on Monday, 19th November 2018 at the Defence Headquarters in Nairobi.
The one month-long exercise aims at recruiting nation-wide. It will be conducted in the 322 Sub-Counties across the 47 counties in Kenya and it will be overseen by the Chief Recruiting Officer (CRO), Brigadier George Ejalan. The recruitment will be conducted during the weekdays from 8.00am to 5.00pm and successful candidates will be expected to report for training at the Recruits Training School (RTS) in Eldoret.
The VCDF reminded potential candidates to carry their original certificates and national identification documents, as well as to be physically fit and aware of their wholesome wellbeing. He also urged them not to overwork themselves during the physical exercises and trigger other medical conditions.
Speaking to the press, the VCDF said that malpractices related to KDF recruitment over the years have been on a decline based on KDF records. During the 2018 first recruitment phase, about seven (7) conning cases were reported where Kenyans lost approximately four million, two hundred thousand shillings to con artists.
Lt. General Kibochi revealed that some members of the republic masquerade as KDF personnel to make quick cash out of unsuspecting, desperate individuals and fleece them with empty promises. He however, warned that such acts of corruption and bribery are against the Kenyan law and that the recruitment should be a free and fair to all Kenyans.
He further urged key stakeholders and oversight bodies like Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), the National Intelligence Service (NIS), the Transparency International (TI) and the general public to support the exercise to ensure its success but cautioned against interference. “The public are welcome to report any misdeeds or interference to the recruiting teams on the ground or to the nearest local police station or call the recruitment hot-line number 0726 419 706,” said the VCDF.
Present during the briefing that was moderated by the Ministry’s Director of Public Communications, Mr. Bogita Ongeri was the Assistant Chief of the Defence Forces Personnel and Logistics (ACDF) Major General Fatma Ahmed, Chief of Personnel Defence Headquarters Brigadier Martin Ong’oyi, KDF Spokes Person Colonel Paul Njuguna, Senior KDF Officers among others.
The Vice Chief of Defence Forces (VCDF) Lieutenant General Robert Kibochi, briefing the press during the Second Phase of Recruitment Launch on 19th November 2018 at Defence Headquarters.
Chief Recruiting Officer Brigadier George Ejalan, responding to questions from journalists.
The Director Public Communication Officer Mr. Walter Bogita Ongeri inviting questions from the journalists.