This is so hilarious.
Poor academic grades, in addition, has purged out other youth in the coastal county. Over 30 potential candidates out of the more than 200 who showed up for the military recruit at Kibaki grounds could not attain the recommended weight of 54.5 kilograms for men and 50.0 kilograms for ladies.
“Most of the candidates who turned up failed to meet the required KCSE aggregate grade of a D (plain). We also had to turn away others due to discoloured teeth while others were too skinny,” Senior Recruiting Officer in charge of Lamu West Lieutenant Colonel Col Burudi said.
He also expressed fears that the number of female recruits who showed up for the exercise this year was too low compared to their male counterparts. He said that only 15 ladies turned up for the exercise.
A former Kenya Defence Forces officer and former Meru Gubernatorial candidate Captain Mwenda Mbijiwe revealed that a tooth for the soldier could be useful in the event he is out of ammunitions, adding that one can use it as a weapon against the enemy, hence the need for examination.
“Soldiers are trained to use anything they have to defeat the enemy, including the teeth. For example, when you are out of bullets or your gun malfunctions, then why not use your teeth to tear into pieces your enemy?” he posed.
In September 2016, for example, hundreds of youth who had turned up for the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) recruitment in Embu County were turned away due to discoloured or broken teeth.
Officials who were conducting the recruitment said that it could be due to chewing of a local herb known as muguka, a crop closely related to miraa.
Lt Col Burudi cited cultural beliefs in Lamu as a key contributor to the few number of women who showed up for the exercise.
“I am aware that the Swahili or Bajuni cultures don’t allow women to take part in such exercises. So far we only have eight ladies remaining in the recruitment process and we fear that the number might reduce even further after the recruits pass through the various stages required,” he said as quoted by the Nation.