KDF officer handed 5-year-jail term for bribery
By Peter Ochieng
Malpractices reportedly committed by a Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) officer during a recruitment exercise in February 2021 came back to haunt him.
On Friday, 20th January 2023, Major Ibrahim Juma Wasike was sentenced to 5 years and 8 months in prison by a court-martial sitting at the Lang’ata barracks, Nairobi, after being found guilty of recruitment malpractices.
He was found guilty of two counts during the court session comprising of senior military officers and presided over by Makadara Principal Magistrate Agnes Wahito.
“The first count is committing a civil offence contrary to section 133 (1) (b) of the KDF Act, obtaining by false pretence contrary to section 313 of the penal code,” reads in part, a statement shared by KDF.
“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 Colley Njeru in the false pretence that he was in a position to recruit Kevin Gitonga Munene into the KDF during the February, 2021 recruitment exercise.”
The statement adds that on the second count, Major Wasike was convicted of colluding with Maina to obtain Sh60, 263 from Njeru via MPESA, claiming that he was in a better position to recruit Kevin Gitonga Munene into KDF, during the February 2021 recruitment exercise.
However, Munene’s recruitment into KDF never came to be, starting the journey towards Major Wasike’s trial and sentencing.
Reports of malpractices become common in the country, during disciplined forces’ recruitment exercises, as parents and guardians reportedly bribe ‘well connected officers’ to have their sons and daughters recruited.
Major Wafula’s sentences will run concurrently. He however has 21 days to appeal.
This month, President William Ruto has presided over pass-out parades of Kenya police, Administration Police (AP) and the General Service Unit (GSU).
He is yet to preside over a pass-out parade of KDF officers since assuming office in September 2022.