Sh250K for fictitious jobs abroad: First Choice caught up in recruitment scandal in Uasin Gishu

A Senate Committee is investigating another alleged recruitment scandal in Uasin Gishu county where a consultancy agency is accused of defrauding people thousands of shillings on false promise of employment abroad.

Several alleged victims narrated their cases to the Senate Committee on Thursday at the Uasin Gishu County Assembly.

The Management of First Choice Consultancy and Recruitment Agency Ltd are the latest to be mentioned in the growing scandal.

An emotional Rose Chepkurui, a resident of Nandi County shed tears as she narrated how she lost thousands of money to First Choice over hope for a job.

Her story was not an isolated case, as other emotional parents and their children narrated the tough times they have been through due to the botched overseas job initiative by the agency.

The victims told the committee, chaired by West Pokot Senator Julius Mugor, that they had been promised jobs in Qatar, the United Kingdom, and Poland after they paid a certain amount of money.

A woman named Grace Korir, a widow, told the committee that she had paid Sh250,000 in April last year for her son to secure a job. However, the promise was never honored.

Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei alleged that police officers had also been involved in the scam and that the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) was looking into the issue.

He said, “It is very unfortunate and sickening knowing  that these thefts and embarrassments are occurring in the County of the President, and I want to assure you that all the police mentioned, action will be taken against them.”

Outcries about the First Choice Recruitment Scam come just a few days after the police arrested Uasin Gishu Senator Jackson Mandago and two others over the Finland Canada scholarship fiasco. Mandago was later released on a Sh500,000 bail.



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