The Star (Nairobi)

23 November 2012

Kenya: Naivasha Youth Miss Chance to Join Police Force Over Discoloured Teeth

Tens of youth seeking to join the Kenya and Administration police were yesterday turned away in Naivasha for lack of national identity cards.

Close to half of those who failed in the recruitment had waiting cards which were rejected by the recruiting. Others were rejected because their teeth were discoloured.

However, Naivasha DC Mohammed Abass said the recruitment was fair and down played the low turn out. He was speaking at Kihoto grounds, the venue of the recruitment.

"We have been informed that the low turn-out is all over the country, but the exercise is smooth and we expect to pick 10 APs and 13 regular police officers," he said.

He said the discoloration of teeth is caused by high fluoride levels in the water consumed around the lakeside town. Abass said those affected by the problem were turned away because excess fluoride weakens the bones.

"We have some extreme cases of people affected by the fluoride and their chances of joining police have been cut short," he said. Youths who failed to make it praised the exercise terming it as free and fair saying that they would try next year.

According to Vincent Mwaniki, many of the youths did not have IDs and had waiting cards which had been rejected. "Some of us cleared school in 2011 and we don't have IDs or the KCSE certificates and this is the reason we have been kicked out," he said.

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