The post reads: “Replacement is ongoing now inbox for connections or call for assistance.” It then lists a phone number.
The same post has been shared in three different Facebook groups that jointly have 84,000 members.
But did the KDF start an “ongoing” recruitment or “replacement” drive in May 2021? We checked.
Photos from past recruitments
Africa Check looked carefully at the photos shared in the post. Some have KDF watermarks, which is typical for photos posted online by the defence force.
A similar search on Google also led us to the fourth image, which is two photos side-by-side, both showing civilians having their teeth examined by someone in military uniform.
The last photo in the Facebook post was published on the KDF Twitter account in February 2021. Another photo used to illustrate the same claim in a different Facebook group was first published in 2012.
All of the photos are from different sources between 2012 and 2021, and are not of any ongoing recruitment or “replacement” drive in 2021.
KDF not currently recruiting
The army has cautioned the public against falling for the claim.
“The public is hereby informed that KDF is not recruiting. There is no such thing as replacement or connections. Beware of tricks by conmen and women and continue to expose them,” the KDF posted on Facebook on 17 May.
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