Over 70 youth were on Sunday arrested with fake letters at the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Recruits Training School in Eldoret.
According to KDF spokesperson Colonel Paul Njuguna, the youth from various parts of the country were nabbed during a crackdown on fake documentation used by youth to join the training school.
“Many of those arrested say they paid bribes of up to Sh300,000 to get the fake letters,” Njoroge said.
They were locked up at the Eldoret police station from where they will be taken to court.
Njoroge said last year 60 people were arrested over similar claims.
He was speaking at the recruits training college during admission of recruits to the KDF.
He said anyone who did not go through the the official recruitment held countrywide would not be allowed into the college.
Njoroje said he couldn’t see why many people still fall prey to con men despite frequent warnings against paying bribes to join KDF.
He said those involved in issuing the fake letters would be arrested and prosecuted. The KDF officers involved in the recruitment had been given strict instructions not to engage in graft.
“We will however investigate the source of the fake letters and prevent recurrence of the same,” he said.
Some of those arrested claimed they had been given the fake letters by people who said they were from KDF.
Njoroge, however, said the entire recruitment had gone on smoothly and all those admitted to the college will commence training promptly.
In 2018, over 100 youth were also arrested with fake letters while trying to join the KDF training.