Female university student collapses, dies during police recruitment

KISII UNIVERSITY [PHOTO/FILE]

A 27-year-old woman from Lutacho Village in Webuye East Constituency in Bungoma East Sub County collapsed and died during a police recruitment exercise that took place on Thursday, May 11.

Jenipher Wamocho, who was a Second Year student at Kisii University pursuing Bachelor of Education, was among hundreds of Kenyans, who turned up for the police recruitment exercise held at the Webuye Pan Paper Stadium on Thursday.

Ms Wamocho, who had been accompanied by her mother and younger brother, collapsed two minutes after participating in a drill. She had been rushed to Webuye Sub County Hospital, where she was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Her colleague, too, had collapsed during the exercise. She (Ms Wamocho’s friend), however, survived and is recuperating at the Webuye Sub County Hospital.

Confirming the incident, National Police Service Commission (NPSC) Chairman, Johnstone Kavuludi, said it is unfortunate that Ms Wamocho passed on.

“I send my condolences to the family of Jenipher Wamocho, who passed on during the recruitment exercise held at the Webuye Pan Paper Stadium,” said Mr Kavuludi.

The NPSC boss said the national government is committed to revamping Kenya’s security by recruiting young men into the police service.

Mr Kavuludi said the exercise will be conducted fairly across the country since the commission has sought supervision services from The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA), which would ensure that the exercise is free of any taint of corruption.

Mr Kavuludi observed that, so far, the exercise is going on smoothly across the country, save for a few cases of irregularities that have been reported to him.

“I want to thank the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet for putting up measures that ensure facilitation of the exercise,” said Mr Kavuludi.

The recruitment of 10,000 police officers kicked off Thursday morning in various centres countrywide, amid tight security.

The recruitment is targeting Kenyans aged between 18 and 28 years who scored a D+ (Plus) and above in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination.

The exercise, which will be conducted in various constituency centres, started at 8am Thursday and it went on until 5pm.

The prisons department too will recruit 3,000 personnel on May 24.

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