More than 1,000 youths have turned up for the recruitment of the
Local Defense Unit (LDU) personnel in Lira.
The exercise is seeking to recruit 235 people from the Lira City,
Dokolo, Alebtong and Lira District.
The recruitment targets youths from the age of 18 to 29 with a
minimum of a Uganda (Ordinary) Certificate of Education.
The applicants are required to submit academic papers and applications to the
office of the Resident District Commissioners for scrutiny.
Flavia Terimulungi, the UPDF 4th Division Spokesperson says that 65
will be recruited from Alebtong, 53 from Dokolo and 117 from both Lira District
According to Terimulungi, the shortlisted candidates will be subjected to
physical and medical tests to confirm whether or not they qualify to join the
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Denis Manyuru, an applicant from Lira District believes that the recruitment
exercise is not free and fair. He claims
that several people who were not even shortlisted have been recruited.
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Isaac Okonye from Alebtong district is worried that the idea of
having academic documents as a requirement will eliminate many youths.
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Last month, the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) announced
the recruitment of another batch of 10,000 LDU personnel countrywide.