Army Recruit Dies After Heavy Physical Drills

Gerald Asiimwe died on Saturday afternoon shortly after undergoing physical drills during the army recruitment exercise in Masindi district.
One person died on Saturday afternoon after undergoing physical drills during the army recruitment exercise in Masindi district.


The deceased has been identified as Gerald Asiimwe, a 26-year-old resident of Nyabiiso village, Kiryandongo Sub County in Kiryandongo district.


Colonel Frank Kyambadde, the head of the UPDF recruitment team, says Asiimwe died after running a one-kilometre distance from Masindi stadium to Kijura in Masindi Municipality as part of the selection process.


He collapsed and died instantly. At the time of filing the story, Asiimwe’s body had been taken to Masindi hospital mortuary for post mortem.


However, Kyambadde suspects Asiimwe could have been sick, though the deceased’s elder brother Francis Byaruhanga disputes the claims. Byaruhanga says Asiimwe was stable by the time he left home on Saturday morning and had not complained of any sickness of recent.


Byaruhanga also doubted the fact that his brother lacked body fitness. He says as a footballer with the Kiryandongo district team, Asiimwe’s body fitness could not be doubted.


Kiryandongo district Chairman Ben Moru, who had come to witness the exercise, expressed shock at the death of his applicant. Moru warned people with chronic ailments not to turn up for army recruitments.


Meanwhile the death did not interrupt the exercise in any way. The army targets 54 recruits from Masindi and Kiryandongo districts. Colonel Kyambadde had earlier told journalists that the turn up was overwhelming. He was optimistic that the target would be realized.


Over 500 applicants turned up for the exercise, part of the ongoing countrywide army recruitment drive. The exercise concluded in the neighboring Hoima district on Friday.