Breaking

Kasese Youth Seek Answers on LDU Exclusion

The two-week-long recruitment exercise started yesterday in the districts of Gulu, Lyantonde, Kaabong, Lamwo and Kampala, before moving to Kotido, Kitgum, Amuru, Kyotera and Kampala Central Division, this morning.

Audio 3

A section of youths in Kasese have expressed frustration for the omission of the district in the ongoing recruitment of personnel to join Local Defence units.

The two-week-long recruitment exercise started yesterday in the districts of Gulu, Lyantonde, Kaabong, Lamwo and Kampala, before moving to Kotido, Kitgum, Amuru, Kyotera and Kampala Central Division, this morning. 

The drive manned by the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) seeks to recruit 13,000 more Local Defence Unit (LDUs) personnel, from Central, Eastern, Northern and mid-Western Uganda. However, Kasese district was not listed among the districts in which the recruitment will be conducted. 

Now, youth Groups in Kasese are questioning why their district was not considered for recruitment. 

Bruno Tumuhimbise, a resident of Karusandara says that joining the Local Defence Unit was his only hope for a source of income, after dropping out of school due to lack of school fees.  He says the omission has quashed his hopes and left and several other youths frustrated. 

//Cue in… “because I have…….  

Cue out…………did not help.”// 

Paul Byamukama 32, another resident says that he wanted to join the Local Defence Unit in order to contribute to the pacification of his region.    

//Cue in; “saha zino nyowe…

Cue out….tibine mirimu mukyalo”//.

Nickson Thembo, a resident of Bugoye says many of them were eagerly waiting for the drive and, like his colleague Clovis Birungi and Semeho Basemera, they are asking the authorities to explain why their district was not considered.   

//Cue in; “Mubathulangira bathi… 

Cue out…nga banya Uganda.”// 

Kasese District Internal Security Officer for Lt. Col. Johnson Tasobya off record told URN that Kasese has benefited twice from the recently concluded recruitment of the Local Defense Unit officers with the latest batch of 6,000 that was passed in April 2019. 

The recruitment drives followed a presidential directive for the recruitment of 24,000 LDUs following the rampant gun violence, kidnap and robbery crimes especially in urban parts of the country.  Subsequently, the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces-UPDF conducted a drive in which 6,400 LDU personnel were recruited from the areas of Kamwokya, Kawempe, Makindye, Lubaga, Nakawa and Luzira.    

The recruits were then sent to Oliver Tambo Military School, Kaweweta in Nakaseke District where they underwent a four-month basic military training. They were passed out in March this year and later deployed in Kampala City, Wakiso and Mukono districts purposely to avert crime.