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KDF Announces Mass Recruitment, How to Apply



  • The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) has announced the recruitment of general service officer (GSO) cadets, undergraduate, degree holders, specialist officers, general duty recruits, tradesmen/women and constables, which is scheduled to take place in the month of February 2021.

    “KDF warned that bribery and other acts of corruption are against the law. All persons presenting themselves for recruitment purposes with fake/falsified documents or caught engaging in any corrupt activities shall be arrested and prosecuted.

    “If you accept being conned, you will lose your money or property and go to jail; it has happened to many citizens during past recruitments. Do not waste your money and risk imprisonment. No one can influence the recruitment process,” the military advised.

    A KDF soldier conducting a recruitment exercise
    A KDF soldier conducting a recruitment exercise

    All prospective candidates willing to join KDF must meet the following conditions and academic qualifications :

    General Conditions

    Be a Kenyan citizen with no dual citizenship.

    Be in possession of a valid Kenyan ID. Additionally, four copies of the ID and PIN certificates will be required.

    Age – Between 18 and 26 years old for GSO cadets, general duty recruits and tradesmen/women with certificates/government trade test, not above 30 years for specialist officers, Tradesmen/women with diplomas, and not above 39 years for chaplains/imaams.

    Be physically and medically fit in accordance with the KDF standards.

    Have no criminal record.

    Minimum Height :

    (a) Men – 1.60m (5ft 3in)

    (b) Women – 1.52m (5ft)

    Minimum Weight :

    (a) Men – 54.55 Kg (120 lb).

    (b) Women – 50.00 Kg (110 lb).

    Female candidates must not be pregnant at the time of recruitment and during the entire duration of training.

    Specialist officers and tradesmen/women should have a minimum of two years of practising experience in their field of specialisation from the date of registration with the relevant regulatory/statutory body in Kenya.

    Minimum Academic Qualifications

    General Service Officer (GSO) Cadets. 

    Must hold a minimum mean grade of B (Plain) in KCSE with C + in English, Mathematics and one Science subject. The training period for this category will cover three years leading to a BSc degree in Military Science and Security Studies upon completion.

    General Service Officer (GSO) Cadet – Undergraduate Degree Holders.

    Must hold the minimum requirement to qualify as GSO Cadet above and be a holder of an undergraduate degree from a recognized university/institution in any of the disciplines being recruited.

    The training period for this category will be eleven months.

    KDF officers march during a graduation ceremony at Laikipia Air Base, on August 20, 2020.

    Specialist Officers.

    Must hold the minimum requirement to qualify as GSO Cadet above except for chaplains / imaams who must hold a minimum mean grade of C + in KCSE. 

    Must be a holder of an undergraduate degree from a recognized university/ institution and be registered with a regulatory/statutory body (where applicable) in any of the disciplines listed.

    The training period for specialist officers will be six months.

    Servicemen/women General Duty Recruits. – Must hold a minimum mean grade of D (plain) in KCSE.


    Prospective candidates willing to apply must satisfy the conditions and requirements given below :

    (a) Technicians. A minimum mean grade of C ( Plain ) in KCSE, a relevant diploma or above from a recognized institution and be registered with the relevant statutory bodies, where applicable.

    (b) Artisans. A minimum mean grade of D + in KCSE and either a relevant certificate with government trade test grade II or Craft II from a recognized institution.

    (C) National Youth Service (NYS) trained technicians or artisans who meet the above requirements are encouraged to apply.


    (a) Be a retired Kenya Defence Forces Service Member or a retired National

    Youth Serviceman/woman.

    (b) Be between the ages of 30 and 55 years old for retired KDF and between 35 and 45 years old for retired NYS.

    (c) Possess a Discharge Certificate with a minimum rating of “Very Good” in conduct.

    (d) Must have served for nine years in the Colour Service and retired honourably from KDF.

    A list of vacancies available for cadets with undergraduate degrees and diplomas can be accessed on KDF’s official social media accounts. 

    Detailed CVs which should include height and weight, clear photocopies of relevant academic certificates, professional body membership certificates and ID must be attached to the application and addressed to the :

    Assistant Chief of the Defence Forces

    (Personnel and Logistics)

    Ministry of Defence

    Defence Headquarters

    Ulinzi House

    PO Box 40668 – 00100


    The applications for specialist officers and tradesmen/women should reach the addressee on or before February 8, 2021. Candidates that will be shortlisted for specialist officers and tradesmen/women shall be notified through the print media between February 18 February 25, 2021.

    The KDF recruiting teams consisting of the Kenya Army, the Kenya Air Force and the Kenya Navy will be visiting the recruitment centres in every sub-county to recruit GSO Cadets, General Service Officer Cadets – Undergraduate degree holders, General Duty Recruits and Defence Forces Constables.

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    New Airstrip to Rival Kisumu, Wilson



  • The Nyaribo Airstrip rehabilitation which started in November 2020 is set to be completed in July 2021. The Airstrip boasts a bigger VIP lounge compared those at the Wilson and Kisumu Airport.

    The rehabilitation includes the construction of a VIP lounge, electrical works, mechanical works and storm water drainage works with the actual cost set at Ksh 39,920,629.The project is expected to benefit the area in terms of improving livelihood of locals.

    Captain Tom Rege performing pre-flight checks on one of his flight school planes.
    Captain Tom Rege performing pre-flight checks on one of his flight school planes.

    Speaking during the event, the Northern Region KAA manager, Joseph Okumu, revealed that KAA had increased the number of flights for training schools to the airstrip, noting that many people are making applications seeking to put up hangers in the airstrip.

    Nyeri Town MP Hon Wambugu added that airports are enablers of economic growth as they act as attractions for private investors.

    Land prices around the airstrip have gone higher, infrastructure is also improving and hotels in the area are already preparing to carter to needs of travellers.

    President Kenyatta did the ground breaking of the 190 acres project in November 2018, but construction delayed till November 2020.

    The Dedan Kimathi University where a lot of international manufacturing companies have set up workshops, neighbours the airport and hopes to benefit from the new venture.

    The Nanyuki Airstrip is also undergoing rehabilitation and will include an airstrip that will accommodate bigger planes with a carrying capacity of up to 52 passengers. Previously the airstrip could only accommodate planes with a capacity of 14 passengers..

    The upgrading of the airstrip will cost Ksh 300 million and will be expected to improve tourism and trade in the region.

    The Airstrip is expected to rival Wilson and Ukunda Airports in terms of domestic flights since Laikipia County is a major tourist destination.

    David Kyule, Nanyuki  Airstrip Manager,has revealed that engineers in the Airstrip have assembled four planes so far including an Airbus helicopter owned by Tropic Air.


    Nyeri Town Member of Parliament Ngunjiri Wambugu addresses members of the public during a consultative Building Bridges Initiatives (BBI) meeting at the ACK St. Peters Hall in Nyeri on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.
    Nyeri Town Member of Parliament Ngunjiri Wambugu addresses members of the public during a consultative Building Bridges Initiatives (BBI) meeting at the ACK St. Peters Hall in Nyeri on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.
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    I know CSs Who Don't Pick Uhuru's Calls – David Ndii



  • Kenya’s fiery economist David Ndii has claimed that he knows a number of Cabinet Secretaries who often ignore President Uhuru Kenyatta’s calls.

    In a statement he shared on Tuesday, January 27, the outspoken economist claimed that in one instance, he was hanging out with a number of the CSs when the Head of State called them but they did not pick.

    Sensing fallout in the Cabinet, Ndii further noted that the incident occurred two years ago, adding that the relationship must have worsened by now.

    “He’s talking about roaring and already two years ago I sat with CSs who ignored his phone calls. How bad must it be now? Man, finish up and go” posed Ndii.

    Economist and political activist David Ndii

    When he was questioned about the specific CSs he befriends, the economist listed down their names without disclosing whether they had ignored the President’s call.

    He noted that he is friends with East Africa Community CS Adan Mohammed since they met at Kangaru School in 1983 as well as Trade CS Betty Maina from their days at University of Nairobi (UoN) in 1985.

    Others include Defence CS Monica Juma (UoN, 1985), Tourism CS Najib Balala (Parliament in the early 1990s) Labour CS James Macharia (banking in the late 1990’s) and Interior CS Fred Matiangi (State University of New York, 2003).

    In 2019, Ndii noted that he had appeared as a referee on Matiang’i’s CV.

    Ndii was responding to a video clip of Uhuru’s speech during the launch of Ksh1 billion in Ngong where he noted that he still had enough days to run the country.

    “We shall do politics. Some people look at me and dismiss that I am leaving (office) and that there is nothing I can do. Let me remind you, I still have days left to (run the country)… There is no vacancy,” stated Uhuru.

    The Cabinet has suffered tensions pitting members on several occasions with some leading to firings such as that of former Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri.

    When he was shown the door in January 2020, Kiunjuri revealed that he was relieved to hand over the responsibilities, explaining that it was too stressful.

    In 2019, tensions also arose in which four CSs were accused of plotting to kill Deputy President William Ruto during an alleged secret meeting they held at La Mada Hotel.

    The four CSs included Joe Mucheru (ICT), Peter Munya (Trade & Industrialization), James Macharia (Transport) and Sicily Kariuki (Health).

    The CSs vehemently denied the allegations, stating that they had convened at the hotel to discuss Huduma Namba, the referendum and development issues in the Mt Kenya region. 

    President Uhuru Kenyatta attending a past function in Mombasa
    President Uhuru Kenyatta attending a past function in Mombasa
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    Woman Drowns Self Over Ksh200K Bank Loan



  • A trader in Maragua, Murang’a County, allegedly drowned herself in a well on Tuesday night, January 26, after receiving numerous demand letters from a local bank over Ksh200,000 debt she owed the institution.

    Reports indicated that the deceased identified only as Carol, had constantly complained about her struggles settling the outstanding loan, money she reportedly took to finance her business. 

    The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is said to have affected her business which was on the verge of collapse after most of the money she had borrowed went into running the loss-making venture.

    Shocked residents look into the well in Maragua town where the body of a businesswoman was discovered on January 27, 2021
    Shocked residents look into the well in Maragua town where the body of a businesswoman was discovered on January 27, 2021.

    She had reportedly defaulted her loan for an entire five months something that piled pressure on her. On the fateful night, she allegedly informed her sister, who was her roommate, that she had gone to attend an impromptu business meeting with a neighbour.

    According to the sister, this was not the first time Carol had stepped out for night meetings, hence this did not seem suspicious. 

    “Since it was not the first time she was announcing such impromptu meetings, I had no reason to be suspicious,” the sister said.

    The body was discovered floating inside the well by one of the tenants who had gone to draw water.

    The reports were confirmed by Ichagaki Deputy County Commissioner Joshua Okello who noted that investigations had been launched to ascertain the cause of death.

    “The preliminary suspicion is that she committed suicide. But you can never be too sure in the absence of a medical report based on a conclusive situational analysis,” Okello said.

    Many Kenyans opt to take their own life after they are driven to the edge by aggressive creditors.

    According to data from the Central Bank of Kenya, the proportion of defaulted bank loans in 2019 registered an outstanding amount of Ksh366 billion. This reflected the cash flow burden by business and workers to settle debts.

    Speaking to in a past interview, Dr Mucheru Wang’ombe noted that the trend mainly falls on the youth.

    She urged family members to always show support to one another by listening to each other’s woes without being judgemental or dismissive. 

    She also noted that paying attention to signs such as increased drug abuse and alcohol, aggressive behaviour, dramatic mood swings and withdrawing away from family, might be key to preventing such cases from occurring.

    Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) building in Nairobi.
    Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) building in Nairobi.
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