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February 22, 2018

Samburu women cry foul after KDF recruitment lockout

A Kenya Defence Forces officer takes a man through the recruitment process at Kenyatta Stadium in Maralal town, Samburu county, February 13, 2018. /MARTIN RWAMBA
A Kenya Defence Forces officer takes a man through the recruitment process at Kenyatta Stadium in Maralal town, Samburu county, February 13, 2018. /MARTIN RWAMBA

Hundreds of women who turned up for KDF recruitment in Samburu sub-county were shocked after learning no slots were reserved for them.

They said they were turned away at Kenyatta Stadium in Maralal town on Tuesday yet they arrived very early to participate in the exercise.

‘’I came here very early in the morning looking for a military job but I was told women would not be selected. They told us to come next time,” Mercy Lolki said. 

Lolki said she had been optimistic as she had missed three chances.

"My age is advancing so I doubt I will qualify next time," she said.

Read: KDF recruitment kicks off on Monday, ends on March 13

Recruiting officer Lieutenant Colonel Richard Onyango said the women will be considered them next time as slots were reserved for those from Baragoi.

But the hopefuls Kenya Defence Forces of infringing on their right to employment.

Franka Lekeres noted Samburu is a hardship area so women are used to performing tough duties and barely struggle.

‘’We have a lot of problems and can do any job and work all over the country. I even know how to hold a gun," she said.

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