Woman arrested in military bribery drama

March 25, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 25 – A desperate woman eager to be recruited to the military was arrested on Tuesday when she turned up at the Department of Defence headquarters in Nairobi, allegedly, to bribe a senior officer.

The 27-year-old woman told officers manning the gate on Lenana Road that she wanted to see the Chief of General Staff.

On further inquiry about her mission, she is said to have given several contradictory stories and at some point revealed she had Sh40,000 she wanted to hand over as an inducement to secure a position.

Military Spokesman Bogita Ongeri said the woman was swiftly arrested by Military Police (MP) who later handed her over to the civilian police for further legal action.

“She was carrying bundles of notes amounting to Sh40,000 which she wanted to offer as a bribe,” Mr Ongeri said.

“We have handed her over to the police and I am sure she will finally appear in court,” he added.

The woman was picked up by officers from the Kilimani police station at 1.30 pm.

Kilimani divisional Police chief Francio Nyamatari told Capital News that investigations had been launched to establish the bribery claims.

“Indeed a woman said to have gone to the military department with a bribe has been arrested. She is being interrogated and would appear in court once the normal procedures are completed,” he said.

The national recruitment of the Armed forces kicked off on Monday and will go on until April 23.

The exercise is targeting candidates aged between 18 and 26 years with a minimum mean grade of D plain in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).

Those wishing to join as Constabularies must be below 49 years old and must have served as Servicemen for at least three years and not more than nine.

Chief of General Staff Jeremiah Kianga has threatened legal action against anyone found bribing or canvassing for positions.

The Military Spokesman on Tuesday expressed fears that some people masquerading as military officers were carrying out a parallel recruitment and were swindling unsuspecting Kenyans of thousands of shillings.

“We suspect this is happening. There are people out there who want to taint the name of the military and the whole exercise. Kenyans must be warned,” he said.

The masquerades have been demanding up to Sh100,000 from candidates wishing to join the military while issuing them with fake Calling Letters.

During a similar exercise last year, several people including a police officer were arrested as they collected thousands of shillings from unsuspecting Kenyans to secure chances.


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