71 youths who were among 99 people arrested at the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Recruit Training School (RTS) a week ago have pleaded guilty to two charges of forgery of calling letters.
The accused pleaded guilty to the charges before Eldoret Principal Magistrate Naomi Wairimu on Monday.
The court imprisoned them to serve a sentence of six months with an alternative fine of Sh20,000 each.
However, 28 others who denied the charges were each released on Sh30,000 cash bail or Sh100,000 bond.
The prosecution told the court that the accused were arrested at Eldoret RTS on January 26, 2020 as they reported with fake letters of admission purporting to be genuine KDF calling letters.
On the first count, each charge sheet stated that on unknown dates at unknown place within Kenya they jointly with others not before court with intent to deceive made KDF calling letters purporting that the same was issued by the army.
The second count stated that they all uttered fake KDF calling letters to colonel P.Koech at RTS on January 26.
Hearing of the case against those who denied the charges will be on February 24.
Many of the youths interviewed admitted to have parted with substantial amounts of money to get their letters.
Their sentiments were echoed by a parent from Elgeyo-Marakwet |County who said that he sold land so that his grandson gets employment in the force.
“My grandson is among the affected youths, I sold my parcel of land at Sh350,000 to secure for him a place in military,” said the man who prefered not to be named.
“I have lost my land, my son is now going to be jailed for a crime he did not commit. The government must intervene and save innocent Kenyans,” he added.