234 Recruited in Lango to Join LDU

53 were selected from Dokolo, 65 from Alebtong and 70 from Lira district and city.
Successful applicants leaving for training

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234 people in Lira have been recruited into the Local Defense Unit.  The recruitment exercise targeted candidates from the three districts of Alebtong, Dokolo, Lira district and city.

They were subjected to interviews, screening, medical and physical fitness tests before being considered for training.

53 were selected from Dokolo, 65 from Alebtong and 70 from Lira district and city.

However, several people who were initially shortlisted were later disqualified due to lack of academic papers, failing physical exercises and poor health.

Lucy Lalam who is among those who was not successful says that she had travelled from Kitgum district hoping to be recruited. Lalam is disappointed that the skills she had attained as a Special Police Constable during elections were not considered during the recruitment exercise.

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Another unsuccessful candidate who claims he was shortlisted from Alebtong District is aggrieved that he was denied an opportunity to join the team because of his National ID.

“It is very unfortunate that even after passing all the tests I was knocked out at the last moment because my National Identity Card shows that I am from Oyam District. I indeed registered for National ID from Oyam but I was born in Alebtong”, he said.

Tony Ogwal, the Mayor Alebtong Town Council described the exercises as free and fair saying even candidates whose identity cards shows other districts were considered provided they originate from Alebtong.

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Anna Odongo Lumumba, the Dokolo Resident District Commissioner denied allegations that district security teams endorsed only people of their interest saying their work was to simply confirm that the applicant is from that district.

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UPDF is seeking to recruit about 10,000 LDUs countrywide in the ongoing recruitment exercise expected to end on September 16.

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