Maj. Charles Kabona, the Spokesperson of the First Division Command said that some candidates were turned away on different grounds like medical and others for lack of the requirements like academic documents.
Hundreds of people have been turned away as the
Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces – UPDF closed the recruitment exercise for the Local
Defence Unit – LDU personnel at the First Division Headquarters in Kakiri,
The exercise started on September 7th and ended on the 14
after the recruitment of personnel from 10 districts in the central region.
The districts Mityana, Kassanda, Mubende, Mpigi, Wakiso,
Kampala, Kyankwanzi, Kiboga, Nakaseke and Luwero.
Maj. Charles Kabona, the Spokesperson of the First
Division Command said that some candidates were turned away on different grounds
like medical and others for lack of the requirements like academic documents.
He said that others came on days which their respective
districts were not expected while others came when out of time.
Maj. Kabona said that the selected persons were taken
directly for training before being returned to their respective areas, to beef security.
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He said that during the exercise, the army arrested
at least 35 people for alleged forgery as well as conmen who went to villages
and solicited money from unsuspecting candidates purporting to take them to
join the unit.
He said that the candidates were expected to
understand the recruitment centers, the dates for the respective districts and that
anyone coming on wrong date and place would automatically be disqualified.
“I am happy to inform you that the exercise of
interviewing candidates has been successfully closed at First Division
Headquarters, the number of candidates required from a district was dependent
on the size of the population of the districts,” Maj Kabona said.
Maj Kabona said that 400 candidates were recruited
for Kampala while 716 were recruited in Wakiso after selecting those with
Those who qualified, Maj Kabona said, are
Ugandans with National IDs aged 18 to 29 years with a minimum academic qualification
of Senior Four, Artisanal courses and above.
Maj. Kabona said that the candidates needed to be
single and without family to enable them concentrate on the training whose
period can only be determined by the authorities.
According to Maj Kabona, those recruited were selected
from thousands who applied through Resident District Commissioners’ offices
from whom a shortlist was done.
He said that the applicants were asked to submit their
academic testimonials, letters from local authorities and one from GISO which
were subjected to scrutiny before a shortlist was done.
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Maj Kabona said the LDU personnel are recruited
from villages and taken for training to come back and serve under their communities.
“They fall under the reserve force of the UPDF and hence
they are directly under the command and control of the UPDF," he added. "But after taking them,
we shall train them and bring them back to their communities which they know very
well and they will contribute to strengthening security inn their respective areas."
Maj Kabona revealed that the LDU personnel are
serving under UPDF directly and therefore can give support to UPDF's productive
“That is why we are recruiting LDUs and have
qualified in artisan courses like carpentry, building and engineers, he added. "You can
find an LDU driving a UPDF vehicle because they are answerable to the UPDF and the