The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Woman Sues Kenya Army for Sh70 Millon

An Army officer examining the dental formula of a recruit at Nyahururu stadium yesterday during the kick off of army recruitment photo Wanjohi Gakio A trainee who was dismissed from Kenya Army just before her final pass-out parade has sued the government for Sh70 million.

Nasibo Dabaso from Nanyuki in her suit papers said she was not given any explanation for her dismissal but was bundled into a truck and escorted to Eldoret town.

When she asked the reason for her dismissal, she said she was told months later that she was asthmatic. Subsequently she was examined and found medically fit without respiratory conditions.

In her suit papers Dabaso says she has never suffered from asthma. At the time of her dismissal she had completed training in physical fitness, field, parade, and weapon handling.

She claimed the army commander disregarded the laid down procedure to sending her home on medical grounds. "No medical board was constituted to examine the applicant on her prevailing condition and neither was she informed of the impending action by the army commander or at all prior to her discharge," said her lawyer.

Dabaso claims that she was not allowed to take her belongings with her including national identity card which is still in the custody of the army.

This has prevented her from looking for employment and registering as a voter, she claims. She said she was embarrassed because she had already invited friends and relatives for the pass out parade.

The Department of Defence continued to remunerate her until March, 2008, six months after her discharge. Dabaso wants the court to declare her discharge from Kenya Army illegal and a violation of her constitutional rights. Also sought is a declaration that her dismissal on health grounds violated her rights to equal protection of law.

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