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Activists give military 5 days to re-admit recruit

Updated Monday, November 1st 2010 at 00:00 GMT +3
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By Vincent Bartoo

Human rights groups have given the military five-days ultimatum to re-admit Gladys Jepkechei Tarus or face a legal battle.

Addressing the press at Sirikwa Hotel, in Eldoret the activists threatened to move to the High Court on behalf of Jepkechei to seek justice.

“We will move to court to seek judicial review of the action taken by the military as well as seek court orders to reinstate Jepkechei back,” said Ken Wafula, the Executive Director of the Centre for Human Rights and Democracy. Jepkechei, 20, was hounded out of the Military Recruits Training School in Eldoret on claims that she was pregnant. But three independent tests, including one sponsored by The Standard, confirmed that Jepkechei was not pregnant.

The activists also asked the Kenyan Anti Corruption Commission (KACC) to probe claims that Sh300,000 was paid for Jepkechei’s position.

Elizabeth Wambui called on the top leadership at the Department of Defence (DoD) to own up to the fact that Jepkechei was hounded out unfairly.

And as the DoD keeps mum on this issue, The Standard established that some young men and woman are stranded in Soy trading centre in Uasin Gishu County after they failed to secure places at the neighbouring RTS.

The would-be recruits claim to have given out huge sums of money to secure recruitment to the military.

Rift Valley MPs will this morning seek audience with Chief of General Staff, Jeremiah Kianga, as well as take the matter to Parliament tomorrow.

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