Two arrested in Mombasa bribing Ksh 250,000 to join KDF

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Two arrested in Mombasa bribing Ksh 250,000 to join KDF

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has through its Regional Office in Malindi, arrested two civilians in Magarini Sub-County.

Salim Mohamed Shekue and Fredrick Hamisi Baya, had solicited and received Ksh.250,000 from the complainant.

They were pretending that they could facilitate his recruitment and admission to join the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) during the ongoing recruitment “without any hustle” of going through the procedure.

Salim Mohamed Shekue arrested over bribery claims in the ongoing KDF recruitment. Photo/Courtesy
Salim Mohamed Shekue arrested over bribery claims in the ongoing KDF recruitment. Photo/Courtesy

Confirming the arrest, EACC Head of Corporate Affairs and Communication Eric Ngumbi said that the suspects have been processed at EACC Offices in Malindi.

The two will be escorted to Malindi Police Station where they will spend the night.

The suspects allegedly told the complainant that they had “very deep connections” at the KDF and duped him into giving them the demanded bribe.

Fredrick Hamisi Baya the agent soliciting money for recruits in the ongoing KDF recruitment exercise. Photo/Courtesy
Fredrick Hamisi Baya the agent soliciting money for recruits in the ongoing KDF recruitment exercise. Photo/Courtesy

According to the complainant, he took a bank loan of Ksh. 250,000 and gave the two suspects an initial amount of Ksh. 200,000.

They were arrested today, 29th August, 2023 at Magarini Sub-County, Kilifi County, while receiving the balance of Ksh. 50,000 from the complainant.

They demanded the balance claiming that only after full payment they would process the purported admission letter.

DF recruitment exercise ongoing and recruits warned of any bribing. Photo/Courtesy
KDF recruitment exercise ongoing until September 8, 2023 Kibaki grounds in Lamu Island. Photo/Courtesy

According to the complainant, on 30th July 2023, Salim Mohamed claimed to be deeply connected to KDF solicited the bribery amount through his Agent, Fredrick Hamisi.

On 28th August 2023, the suspects contacted the complainant and demanded the balance Ksh. 50,000 to facilitate recruitment in the ongoing exercise failure to which his purported chance to join KDF would be lost.

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It is then that the complainant reported the matter to the EACC Malindi office.

DF recruitment exercise ongoing and recruits warned of any bribing. Photo/Courtesy
KDF recruitment exercise ongoing and recruits warned of any bribing. Photo/Courtesy

EACC cautions members of the public against  succumbing to such bribe demands Suspected cases of bribe demands may be reported through Toll Free No. 1551

Additional reporting by Brian Barasa, TV47 Mombasa

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