11 fake recruits charged in court

August 18, 2008 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, August 18 – Eleven people arrested on Sunday for allegedly presenting fake D-numbers during the police recruitment exercise were charged on Monday with making documents without authority.

The eleven appeared before Nairobi Senior Principal Magistrate Cecilia Githua charged with the offences variously committed on unknown dates and places, within the country.

The youth, from Ainamoi constituency, was arrested when they presented the D-numbers as they reported to the Embakasi GSU training School last Thursday.

Gladys Chelangat, Geoffrey Sitienei Kipkirui Boniface, Christopher Rop, Philemon Kipkemoi, Viola Chepkoech, Violet Lang’at, Monica Kipkurui, Bernard Kipkemboi, and Joseph Chepkwony Bett allegedly presented fake Kenya Police Recruitment Questionnaire forms.

The court heard that the forms were allegedly issued to some of the recruits by Samson Bett, who is among the accused, and who has been remanded until Wednesday pending completion of investigations.

The prosecution intimated to the court that Bett allegedly issued the forms to Josiah Chepkwony in Kericho town on an unknown date.

According to police reports, the suspects claimed that they were conned money ranging between Sh50, 000 and Sh100, 000 before they were issued with the D-numbers which they thought would enable them join the police force.

They were however released on a Sh50, 000 cash bail each, pending hearing of their cases between   September 29 and October 1.

Successful candidates reported at the General Service Unit (GSU) training college and Kiganjo Police College on Thursday and have already begun the 9-month training.

Meanwhile, a man who fainted in court early this month after being accused of possessing narcotics was Monday morning formally charged with the offence.

Winstone Lebaiyo Thamal could not plead to a charge on August 4, in which he was accused of possessing 6 rolls of bhang, valued at Sh60 along Mfangano Street in Nairobi, after he fainted and laid still just before being arraigned.

Nairobi Chief Magistrate, Gilbert Mutembei after listening to an explanation by prosecutor Peter Ngata who said Thamal was pretending, ordered that he be brought to court in the alleged state.

Four police officers brought him before the court lying still on a stretcher in a scenario that roused anxiety among people in the court.

Mutembei consequently ordered that the accused be examined by a psychiatrist to explain his strange behaviour, which revealed that he was fit to take the plea.

Nairobi Senior Principal Magistrate Cecilia Githua released him on a Sh50, 000 cash bail after he denied the charges, pending hearing on October 1.


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