A Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) officer was Friday sentenced to five years and eight months in prison after being found guilty of recruitment malpractices.
Maj Ibrahim Juma Wasike was found guilty of two counts, in sentencing carried out by a court-martial sitting at Lang’ata Barracks comprising senior military officers.
It was also presided over by Makadara Law Courts Principal Magistrate Agnes Wahito.
“The first count is committing a civil offense contrary to section 133 (1) (b) of the KDF Act, obtaining by false pretense contrary to section 313 of the penal code. Major Wasike on this count was convicted of colluding with one Job Lukale Maina alias Joseph Adiedo Mola to obtain Sh100,000 in cash from Mr. Colley Njeru in the false pretense that he was in a position to recruit Mr. Kevin Gitonga Munene into the KDF during the February 2021 recruitment exercise,” KDF said in a statement.
“On the second count, the accused was convicted of colluding with Job Lukale Maina alias Joseph Adiedo Mola for obtaining from Colley Njeru Sh60,263 via M-Pesa in the false pretense that he was in a position to recruit Mr. Kevin Gitonga Munene into the KDF during the February 2021 recruitment exercise.”
Maj Wasike was granted 21 days to appeal the sentence of two years and ten months on each count which shall run concurrently.
Malpractices are common during recruitment exercises and are committed by both insiders and outsiders.