Major Yusuf Katamba, the UPDF First Division Spokesperson that superintends the LDUs, confirmed that the army has since established that several LDU personnel are graduates from various institution of higher learning.
The Army leadership has reportedly started a
process of integrating all graduate Local Defense Unit –LDU personnel into
Uganda People’s Defense Forces- UPDF.
The minimum education
qualification during the LDU recruitment drive was Primary Leaving Examination –PLE certificate and the maximum was a
Uganda Certificate of Education- UCE.
According to sources, the army leadership has
since learnt that hundreds of graduates joined the LDU force.
Major Yusuf Katamba, the UPDF First Division Spokesperson
that superintends the LDUs, confirmed that the army has since established that
several LDU personnel are graduates from various institution of higher learning.
He however, says UPDF is yet to establish
the number of the graduates serving under LDU force, adding that the process of
elevating graduates and those with special skills hasn’t started.
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More than 20000 LDUs have passed out after undergoing four
month’s basic military training.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni ordered for
recruitment of the LDUs in 2018 at the peak of assassinations, kidnaps and
6000 LDUs were recruited in the first phase and over 14000 in
the second phase. They are deployed in various parts of the country.
Educationist, Fagil Mande applauds graduates who to choose to
join LDU instead of being jobless. Mande says several degree holders are idle
because they despise jobs, a mentality that needs to be changed.
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Mande says graduates should embrace available opportunities
that ensure they are employed rather than being idle with their degrees.
While reading this financial budget in June
last year, Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija, said Uganda has over 600,000
Nevertheless, others believe unemployment statistics are
much higher than those stated by the minister.
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.