Lamu, KENYA: Hundreds of Lamu youths on Monday missed this year’s nationwide police recruitment drive after arriving late for the exercise.
The youths were locked out of the Kibaki grounds where the exercise was taking place by Police officials on grounds that they had arrived later than the scheduled time.
The exercise had earlier been scheduled to take place in Mokowe town, but was changed to the Kibaki grounds in Lamu Island at the last minute.
Many of those who missed the exercise said the last minute changes of the recruitment venue was deliberately meant to confuse and lock out interested applicants.
“We went to Mokowe but were shocked to learn that the venue had been changed in the morning to Kibaki grounds on the island.” Said Tony Mwangi; one of the youths.
Those who spoke to Baraka FM said the recruiting officials also locked them out earlier than the scheduled time.
“No one notified us,we had to find that out for ourselves and on reaching the other side, we are told we can’t go in because we are late. It was just a strategy to lock us out of the exercise,” added Tony.
Baraka FM can also confirm that majority of Lamu youth also missed out on the life changing opportunity due to lack of Secondary school education certificates.
A conducting officer who spoke on anonymity said there was need for locals to pursue secondary school education; since many of those who turned up had poor grades.
“Majority of all those who turned up for the recruitment have all qualifications apart from education. Some don’t have certificates while others didn’t even score the required mark to join the force,” he said.
Over 500 youths turned up for the exercise, a figure that’s higher compared to last year’s.
There were however reports of discrimination and corruption marring the Lamu exercise. Efforts to reach the officers in charge of the exercise to comment on the matter were futile.