Four men and one woman in Narok North Sub County were recruited to the Kenya Prisons Service as cadets.
The five were chosen from over 100 young applicants who arrived early at William Ole Ntimama Stadium with their credentials at hand hoping to make it through the strict selection process.
The officer who led the recruitment, Senior Superintendent Gerald Ongume, observed that the turnout was a bit low asking the youth to frequently check newspapers and media websites so as not to miss such opportunities in future.
“Despite the turnout, the vacancies were few and so a majority have been left out. I encourage them not to give up because we still have other oncoming recruitment, especially in disciplined forces,” he said.
Out of the many who had turned up, only 30 applicants had all the required documents and passed the physical examination round.
Officer Ongume said that the successful candidates will first undertake an intensive military training course for one year.
He added that the cadets in the medical and technical category had earlier been advised to send applications to the prisons headquarters and would be soon shortlisted.
The female recruit Catherine Naine who just heard the recruitment news the previous day, said she had unsuccessfully attended several police forces recruitment without losing hope.
Naine has been jobless for nearly 10 years and has been surviving on casual jobs since she finished school in 2013. She was among the few applicants who scored C+ and above mean grades in KCSE examination.
“I thank God for this good news. Finally after trying since 2016, I can now comfortably take care of my child and mother,” said Naine.
By Lavera Ndanunga