Getting employment in our country is one of the hardest thing. Con business has continued to thrive on the huge employment and desperation to rip unsuspecting Kenyans off their hard earned money.
All my life, I had never desired to join any disciplined forces. I never understood the strong passion young people had to join the forces. “Why would anyone be so interested to pursue such a dangerous career?” I always wondered.
My elder brother successfully got recruited to the Kenya National Police immediately after completing high school. I remember discouraging him from reporting to Kenya Police College in Kiganjo, urging him to reconsider his decision but basing on the look he gave me, clearly explained to me that it takes a calling to join the forces, and it’s not meant for everyone.
After high school, in the wake of many KDF’s successful operations in Somalia and the ultimate capture of Kismayu in September 2012, I keenly followed the media briefings by Colonel Cyrus Oguna, (now retired and currently the Government’s Spokesperson).
Suddenly, I wanted to join KDF, my motivation was partly because of how Oguna presented himself and articulated the operational issues, but mostly, I just only wanted to be part of the historical KDF operational successes.
In August 2013, another KDF recruitment was announced. I was keen to get enlisted without having to go through the rigorous recruitment process. I later saw a post on Facebook where a user name ‘Major Chepkuto Chirchir’ had asked interested youth to inbox him for details to secure a calling letter to report to Recruits Training School in Eldoret.
I quickly engaged him and even transferred our chats to phone calls and text messages. We agreed to meet in Nairobi CBD, took a matatu to Moi Air Base (MAB) in Eastleigh, where he apparently worked.
During the journey, I developed some doubts following his seemingly fake accent throughout our conversation, he wanted to sound like a Kalenjin.
When we alighted near the camp, the potbellied ‘major’ got so uneasy. More red flags could be depicted from his demeanor. He pretended to make some frantic calls purportedly urging a KDF pilot to wait for us before taking his plane off.
Almost at the MAB’s gate, he started claiming to have misplaced his gate pass to the Air Force camp.
‘Major Chepkuto’ then pointed at the aircraft placed at the MAB’s main gate across the road, telling me that that plane was waiting for me to board.
A calling letter from him after paying Ksh100,000 would be my air ticket to be flown to Eldoret for the military training.
This ‘aircraft’ he showed me looked like a scrape plane that was turned into a dummy, I believe meant to symbolize entrance to the Air Force camp. The fake ‘Major’ underestimated my intelligence and my keen eye.
That gesture was my last signal that confirmed my fears that I was about to be conned.
This is just an example of how conmen/women prey on many unemployed youth. Riding on ignorance to cash in. I quickly walked away from him never to look back. Now I am a successful business lady.