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KDF recruitment kicks off Monday next week

The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) is from Monday next week set to embark on a one month recruitment exercise.

A statement from the Ministry of Defence stated that candidates are required to be Kenyan citizens between 18 and 26 years old being physically and medically fit according to KDF standards.

“The Kenya Defence Forces is pleased to announce to the general public the recruitment of General recruits, Constabularies, and Tradesmen/women which is scheduled to take place from 19th September 2016 to 18th October 2016 at various centres countrywide,” the advert stated.

According to the advert in the local dailies, male recruits are required to weigh a maximum of 54.5 kilograms while their female counterparts should not exceed 50 kgs according to the rules.

“Citizens are further notified that recruitment is only conducted at the advertised recruitment centres countrywide during daytime before 1800hrs on weekdays. Successful candidates will be issued with calling letters at the recruitment centres by the recruiting officers.

The advert further warned that any person purporting to recruit or issue an alleged calling letter away from a recruitment centre will be doing so fraudulently.

Kenya paid Ksh 18.5 million for free Nike kit- contract

A copy of American sports apparel giant Nike’s contract with National Olympics Committee- Kenya (Nock) suggests Ksh18, 562,500 (USD183,585.91) was set aside to fraudulently pay kit for the country’s team for the Rio 2016 Olympics that was provided for free.

The contract agreement signed between Nock and Nike on January 1, 2013 details the firm would pay Sh72.3m annually to the national Olympics until this year.

The amount is set to be increased to Sh74. 8m from next year to December 31, 2020 when the current deal lapses but the presence of Sh18, 562,500 in Nock’s budget presented to the Ministry of Sports to buy kit set to be issued by the firm for the purposes of Rio 2016 Olympics raises the alarm.

Another questionable figure of Sh12,068,800 was allocated for clearing the kit through customs as Government taxes in Nock’s budget for Rio 2016 with Nike outlining in their contract they would deduct monies owed to the American State as withholding taxes from their annual payout.

Nock officials; First Vice-Chairman, Pius Ochieng, Secretary General, Francis Kinyili Paul, Treasurer Fridah Shiroya and Executive Officer, Stephen arap Soi who was also Team Kenya’s Chef-de-Mission to the Olympics have been charged following what has become known as the Rio 2016 Fiasco.

Facebook, Twitter join network to tackle fake news

Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc have joined a network of over 30 news and technology companies to tackle fake news and improve the quality of information on social media, the group said on Tuesday.

First Draft Coalition, formed in June 2015 with the backing of Alphabet Inc’s Google, said it would create a voluntary code of practice, promote news literacy among social media users, and launch a platform where members can verify questionable news stories.

The platform will be launched by the end of October, Jenni Sargent, managing director of the coalition, said in an email.

Members of the group include the New York Times, Washington Post, BuzzFeed News, Agence France-Presse and CNN.

Facebook, the world’s largest social media network with about 1.7 billion users each month, has been criticized for its role in spreading fake stories and misinformation. Twitter, with about 140 million daily users, plays a crucial role in breaking news and disseminating eyewitness content.

In August, Facebook increased the use of automation to select the most-talked about topics of the day for its popular “Trending” feature, as a way to reduce human bias.


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