Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) senior officials were on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 put on the spot over claims of corruption in the just concluded KDF recruitment exercise.
The KDF officials led by Vice Chief of the Defence Forces Levi Mghalu and Defense PS Ibrahim Mohammed appeared before the National Assembly Security Committee to respond to bribery allegations in the recruitment exercise.
During grilling, the Committee Chair Katoo ole Metito who is also Kajiado South Member of Parliament demanded to know the reasons as to why there is regional imbalance in the number of recruits to the forces.
Changamwe Member of Parliament Omar Mwinyi on his part raised questions about the criteria used by the officers during recruitment.
This comes after Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina had in February claimed that corruption during the KDF recruitment exercise has adversely affected the drive.
“Whenever there’s a recruitment drive, people allege that they pay bribes from Ksh 300,000, with some senior officers demanding up to Ksh 700,000 to enlist recruits into the military.
“This is not only criminal but a threat to our national security,” Senator Ledama stated.
Senator Ole Kina urged the Committee on National Defense and Foreign relations to investigate the matter.
“I urge the Standing Committee on National Defense and Foreign relations to investigate the matter and come up with a more accountable way of carrying out the process,” Ole Kina stated.
On February 25, The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) had arrested two sub-county police commanders in Nyeri County for allegedly demanded a bribe of Ksh 500,000.