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Residents laud recruitment process of Forest Rangers

Kericho residents have applauded the recruitment of forest rangers as the most transparent, impartial and the best recruitment exercise for the disciplined forces ever to be conducted in the County.

Mr John Boit, a resident of Kapsoit, stated that the exercise was the most open and fair since even the members of the public, were also allowed into the Kericho Green Stadium as observers.

“Let other government institutions copy from the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) on how they conduct their recruitment exercise and replicate the same in their institutions,” Mr Boit remarked.

Speaking to the KNA, the designated Recruiting Officer, Evans Maneno, said that the exercise kicked-off well at 5.30 am this morning, and by 8.00am they had closed the gates and the exercise procedures commenced.

Mr Maneno, said that he was conducting the recruitment exercise as per the government instructions to recruit best forest rangers.

He revealed that they were expected to be recruiting approximately 40 rangers in Kericho, adding to a total of 1,900 rangers to be recruited countrywide of both genders between the ages of 18 and 28 years.

“The exercise has been smooth and devoid of any challenges as all the applicants were co-operating and adhering to the required procedures, which included a minimum qualification grade of D+(plus) standard height measure, dental formula, straight body structure, eyesight among others,” Mr Maneno said.

Other positions that the KFS has advertised through the Public Service Commission PSC, include those of forest rangers and forest technicians, who are supposed to apply online.

A spot check by KNA during the exercise revealed that hundreds of young men and women below the age of 30 years turned up to try their luck and according to the recruiting officer only a handful of the prospective candidates would be taken up.

By Dominic Cheres and Mercy Chepng’etich


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