- He sustained serious head injuries while undergoing the mandatory rigorous training.
- His treatment was discontinued after he was discharged on medical grounds on March 31, 2017.
- KDF Spokesman Lt Col Paul Njuguna acknowledged that the matter has been brought to their attention.
When he was enlisted to the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) in October 2016, Robert Ekai, 25, from Turkana County, was happy that he would finally assist his parents educate his siblings.
Mr Ekai had turned up early for the recruitment at Lokidang’ in Turkana North Sub-County where he came out fourth in the race which tests the recruits’ fitness.
He was recruited together with 10 other young people from the area.
He was even issued with a service number 97649.
INJURED IN TRAINING
But life took a different turn for the recruit five months into his training. This was after he sustained serious head injuries while undergoing the mandatory rigorous training.
He received medical attention at Medical Reception Station (MRS) situated at the Recruits Training School (RTS) in Eldoret. He also received medical attention at the War Memorial Hospital in Nairobi.
But he says treatment was discontinued after he was discharged on medical grounds on March 31, 2017.
“I was told that my name is no longer in their records. I cannot get proper medication because I’m unemployed. I had also been promised that I would be compensated as per KDF regulations but this has not been the case. But I’m now being told that I’ve been removed from the KDF list. Where is justice in this country?” Mr Ekai wondered during an interview with the Nation.
Mr Ekai says he cannot secure any other employment elsewhere as his national identity card and academic documents were retained at RTS.
“I cannot secure employment with other disciplined forces including Kenya Police Service as my finger prints were taken at RTS. Nobody wants to be associated with me as I’m perceived to be a deserter,” a tearful Ekai told the Nation.
“I was aspiring to serve Kenyans. I’m even informed by reliable sources that my name has been indicated as deceased and I fear someone is using my service number to enrich himself,” he added.