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Wednesday, 21 Sep 2016 15:45 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Hundreds of youths were turned away for being medically unfit during the ongoing Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) recruitment exercise held at Dawson Mwanyumba Stadium in Wundanyi, Taita Taveta County, on Monday.
The recruitment exercise which started at 8am saw several youths report at the stadium as early as 6.30am as they tried to beat time in an attempt to secure a chance in the military.
However, hudnreds of them, after rigorous exercises, were thrown out because they had either flat foot, bowed legs, missing teeth or body scars.
According to the officer in charge of the recruitment Lieutenant Canon Keitany, medical tests was one of the requirement given the rigorous exercises that successful candidates would undergo in military training.
The senior recruiting officer who was flanked by Major Mrisa and Warrant officer 1 Joseph Wango said that they had not encountered the challenge of underweight recruits. “We recruited three candidates, two boys and one girl in Taveta Sub County,” said the officer.
The ladies who turned up for recruitment interviews were unfortunately turned away witout being allowed to participate. A lady who did not want her name made public termed the move gender discrimination and questioned “Why do they leave out girls from Wundanyi in the recruitment? Aren't we capable of working in the military?”
But Lt. Keitany explained they were trying to balance gender in the recruitment, explaining that there were already too many women from Taita Taveta serving in the military.
“Records at our headquarters show that the number of women working in the military from this area is big, so we have to balance in terms of gender,” he said.
Keitany said that there were no incidences of fake documents or failure by candidate to meet the required D+ academic qualification.
The exercise was held in Wundanyi yesterday and continues at Mwatate today. The team will pitch tent in Voi tomorrow.