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Applicants Overwhelm UWA Recruitment Exercise in Gulu City

Issac Okello, a resident of the Lira City East division traveled for over 50 kilometers for the recruitment but was turned away due to irregularities in his academic documents and national identity card.
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There was an overwhelming turn-up of applicants seeking to join the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) at Kaunda Grounds in Gulu City on Wednesday. The exercise, which targeted 48 recruits from the Acholi subregion, attracted 627 applicants.

Hangi Bashir, the UWA Spokesperson, said that the recruitment team turned away hundreds of the applicants due to the limited slots available. He said that some of the applicants failed to produce the required academic and identification credentials while others had health complications including Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs).    

According to Hangi, they also registered several cases of influence peddling during the exercise, especially from political leaders.    

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UWA is undertaking a nationwide recruitment exercise of 850 rangers in a move to bridge the manpower gap. The exercise started on Monday and ended on Wednesday.

Hangi says that the successful applicants will undergo six months of training at Kaweweta and Murchison Falls Wildlife Training Schools. Issac Okello, a resident of the Lira City East division traveled for over 50 kilometers for the recruitment but was turned away due to irregularities in his academic documents and national identity card.    

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Samson Ogwang, who came all the way from Amolatar district, said that he was left out because of one missing tooth.   

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