The Vice Chief of the Defence Forces Lt. Gen S Mwathethe, on behalf of the Chief of the Defence Forces Gen J Karangi, held a media briefing on the Kenya Defence Forces National Recruitment Exercise for Officers, service men/women and constabulary launched on the 27th of July 2012at the Defence Headquarters (DOD).
Present during the press conference were; ACDF P&L Maj. Gen. G. Kihalagwa, Chief of Personnel Brig. P L Lepakio and Lt. Col Chirchir, Commanding Officer Military Police.
In his brief to the press, the Vice Chief of the Defence Forces(VCDF), said that the recruitment exercise is free and voluntary and is open to all Kenyan’s countrywide. The recruitment exercise commences on the 30th July 2012 and will go on for twenty eight days. The exercise is set to recruit officers, service men/women and constabularies into the three services; Kenya Army, Kenya Air force and Kenya Navy. A total of 150 cadets, 25 specialists and 2,200 service men and women are set to be recruited. The Chief of the Defence Forces will be the overall head of the recruitment teams, but there will also be a Chief Recruiting Officer of the rank of a Brigadier.
The VCDF emphasized that KDF is fully committed to zero tolerance in corruption and these values will be strictly observed during the recruitment exercise. To ensure that this is achieved, the VCDF said that the recruitment exercise shall be conducted during the day as from 0800hrs to 1800hrs daily, and no exercise shall take place at night. Those who will be unsuccessful will be informed on the spot of the reasons for their disqualification. Transparency International and the media have been invited to monitor the exercise. He urged the public to be vigilant and be aware of fraudsters who take advantage of the recruitment exercise to solicit funds from innocent members of the public. Kenya Defence Forces records show that between the years 2008 and 2011, 21 million shillings was lost through conmen. The VCDF reminded the public to call this toll free number 020 2307971 or report to the nearest police station should they notice any malpractice during the exercise.