Three people have been arrested by police in Eldoret in connection with a fake military recruitment exercise.
Officers pounced on the suspects on Tuesday morning at a hotel in Eldoret town and recovered Sh726,000, three fake forces admission letters, three phones and an iPad.
The letters stated three recruits would be admitted to Moi Barracks Recruits Training College in Eldoret.
Eldoret West police boss Samuel Mutunga said one of the suspects posed as a Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Major and claimed to be in a position to secure slots for unsuspecting KDF hopefuls.
“He was referring to himself as Major Augustine Wambogo and was working with others based in Nairobi. He was calling people and asking for money before presenting them with fake admission letters,” said Mr Mutunga.
Anthony Gitonga, who was also arrested, claimed his brother had accompanied him to meet the ‘Major’ who had promised to ensure he would be recruited into the Kenyan army, a job he had longed for.
“I was connected to the suspect by someone. He asked for Sh400,000 and my father had to sell miraa to raise the money. We were arrested by the police when we were with him, ready to receive the admission letter,” said Gitonga.
The Police boss warned members of the public to be on the lookout and report such imposters.
Last month, another KDF hopeful was arrested at Mweiga Stadium in Nyeri for altering his results slip with a pen.
The recruitment exercise was completed last month.