Accompanied by their families, friends and relatives, the shortlisted Specialist Cadet candidates reported to the Kenya Military Academy (KMA) in Lanet, Nakuru County for recruitment today.
The Chief of Personnel Brigadier Gatia Maroa welcomed the candidates and addressed them on the need to observe COVID-19 protocols throughout the process.
“Before anything else, we will start with rapid Corona Virus tests and everybody should strictly adhere to the COVID-19 protocols outlined by the Ministry of Health,” he emphasized.
Brig Maroa further stressed that the checkup were only a precautionary measure and would not be used as a ground for disqualifying candidates.
On the same note, the Chief Medical Officer for the exercise, Col (Dr) James Mwika echoed similar sentiments saying, “In the backdrop of recent resurgence of COVID-19, we have put in place elaborate procedures to test for the virus. We will carry out tests in two phases; the first one will be a rapid test done here by our medical personnel to determine the results within five to six hours while in the second test, we will send your specimen to Defence Forces Memorial Hospital in Nairobi for comprehensive screening in our labaratories.”
Col (Dr) Mwika further explained that positive cases, if any, will be separated, quarantined and attended to until they recover and are fit to join the rest of their colleagues for further medical check ups, interviews or training.
As the candidates arrived, Stephen Atinga Adeya; a graduate in gender and development studies, said the advertisement for his shortlisting came as a miracle to him.
“After my graduation I tried so many job opportunities but nothing was forthcoming. I eventually started working at a Jua Kali site to earn a living. I couldn’t believe when a friend told me I was among the shortlisted candidates,” he said.
Adeya’s aunt, Lucy Achieng, who accompanied him to KMA said, “We were overwhelmed as a family when we heard the good news and we thank God he was shortlisted by KDF,” she added.
Specialist Cadet candidates apply for recruitment into the KDF after an advertisement in the local media and those successful are shortlisted and invited for further verification of documents, medical check ups and interviews before they are selected, among them – those who succeed, join the KDF.