A Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldier was yesterday jailed for five-and-a-half years after he was found guilty of engaging in recruitment malpractices.
Corporal Fred Kiptum Kiplagat obtained KSh300,000 from Charles Kipkorir pretending that he was in a position to help recruit his son Brian Kipkemoi into the military. In addition, he also received KSh102,500 from Brian Kipkemoi on April 4 this year, after pretending he could influence his recruitment into the military.
Kiptum was convicted by a Court Martial sitting at Lang’ata Barracks.
The court was led by Colonel Lucas Teimuge and Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Bernard Ochoi. He was also found guilty of desertion from duty and issuing a fake recruitment calling letter.
The offences of obtaining money under false pretence earned him four years in the slammer. That of issuing a fake calling letter earned him an additional year. The half-year sentence was slapped on Kiptum for deserting his place of work for 90 days without official leave.
Kiptum was arrested on May 3, this year.
The court granted him 14 days to lodge an appeal.