Mombasa artist camps in Nairobi for Uhuru to give him KDF job

Mombasa artist Collins Ochieng' Obado, who traveled to Nairobi to ask for a KDF job from the President, with portraits of part of the President's family. He gifted Uhuru similar portraits last year./Joyce Jura

A Mombasa artist traveled to Nairobi to see President Uhuru Kenyatta for a job in the Kenya Defence Forces.

30-year-old Collins Ochieng’ Obado who gifted President Kenyatta portraits of his family in September last year traveled to Nairobi on Thursday to see the Interior Principal Secretary.

“What brought me from Mombasa is that I was coming to Harambee House to see PS Karanja Kibicho. I spoke to the President last year when he came to launch the road in Changamwe and asked him for a job in the KDF and he told Mr. Kibicho to take my details, I waited for the call from Kibicho until now that KDF recruitments took place,” he said.

Collins, who had participated but failed in the just concluded KDF recruitment exercise, but is still adamant to join the forces says President Kenyatta should remember the promise he made him last year and get him the job in KDF.

“I know my age does not allow me to join KDF but if I can get the opportunity I am sure I can do this job,” said Collins.

He says he will not turn down any other job given by the President but is adamant that joining KDF is his main wish.

“If he were to offer me another job I would still take it but I just want to join KDF. It has been my lifelong dream, I have been chasing it for more than ten years. In my heart I know I can do this job,” he said.