Court orders detention of 46 suspects with fake KDF admission letters

Fake KDF recruits

Some of the KDF 'recruits' who were arrested at Eldoret the Moi Barracks Recruits Training College with fake admission letters appear in court on December 21, 2021.

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More than 40 people arrested for allegedly presenting fake calling letters at the Moi Barracks Recruits Training College in Eldoret, will be detained for two days pending investigation, an Eldoret court has directed.

The 46 suspects, who were arrested on Monday after reporting to the college for admission, were arraigned before Eldoret Senior Resident Magistrate Barnabas Kiptoo.

In a sworn affidavit, Mr Victor Odhiambo, the investigating officer, had asked the court to give him to detain the suspects for three days as he completes nvestigations.

Mr Odhiambo, who is attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, told the court that detectives were yet to record statements from the suspects and potential witnesses. 

The detective further told the court that most of the suspects were flight risk and if released, could skip court proceedings. The suspects, who were not represented by lawyers, opposed their detention. They complained about congestion and poor hygiene in the police cells.   

 “The cell at the police station is filthy and crowded, I request this court to consider releasing us on bond,” a suspect told the magistrate.

The magistrate directed police to detain the suspects for two days at various police stations in Eldoret.

Sources privy to the arrest told journalists that many of those arrested had paid bribes of up to Sh300,000 for the fake letters.

The case will be mentioned on December 23, 2021