24 November 2012

Kenya: Kipsigis in Narok South Cry Foul Over Police Recruitment

THE Kipsigis community living in Narok South district has termed the police recruitment that took place on Thursday at Ololulung'a as unfair and one that favoured one community.

The young men and women who had hoped to join the Police Service were shocked when they were told that the nine slots that were to be filled for the regular police and the GSU were meant for the Maasai community.

One of the youth who spoke to the Star yesterday on condition of anonymity said merit was not given chance and such a directive was tribal, discriminatory and uncalled for.

"We are residents of Narok South and we have no other place to call home. The constitution gives us all equal chance to fair competition," said the youth.

The youth said he was surprised that such a decision could be made in disregard to merit, fairness and competition. "We travelled long distances. We queued for long hours, only to be told that the slots have been reserved for one community," said the young man.

But when contacted for comments Narok South district commissioner Chimwaga Mongo denied the allegations and said all the communities had been given an equal chance.

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