Ex army man questioned over bribery

August 9, 2008 12:00 am

, MERU, August 9 – An ex-army officer has been quizzed by police in Meru on suspicion of soliciting bribes to influence recruitment into the army.
Meru Central deputy police boss Joshua Lutukai said a woman had called in claiming that the officer was asking for Sh100,000 to help her secure a slot for her son during the recruitment drive at Kinoru stadium in Imenti North district.
The woman claimed that she had already paid Sh20,000 and was to part with the remaining amount during the exercise. She however developed cold feet and then alerted authorities.
Lutukai said the officer was set free after he acknowledged receipt of the money but denied that it was to influence recruitment.
The ex-army man, who had been based at the Langata barracks before retirement, promised to repay the money.
“There was no sufficient evidence to have him arrested. They agreed to settle the issue of money by themselves,” said Lutukai.
At the recruitment venue, hundreds of ladies who had turned up were disappointed after it emerged that only recruits from one of the four divisions in the district was required.
A Maendeleo Ya Wanawake official who had accompanied her daughter said the Department of Defence should have specified in their advert that some divisions were not meant to participate in the Friday exercise.
“Many mothers had lodged here in town with our daughters so that they could be here on time. It is disappointing and a waste of time and money,” said the Buuri division treasurer Mary Kirima.
Recruitment officer Lt Col Lusaala Eric said that more than 4,000 youth had turned up, and assured that there would be regional and gender balance in the exercise.



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