Politicians and top security leaders in the various Districts have been
accused of interfering with the recruitment exercise of Local Defense Units -LDUs Personnel
in Lango sub region.
The recruitment process which started on Wednesday
catered for the three districts of Dokolo, Alebtong, Lira and Lira City.
The exercise continued through Thursday to Saturday
for shortlisted candidates from Apac, Oyam, Kwania, Kole, Otuke, and Amolatar. A
cumulative number of 524 candidates were successfully recruited from Lango sub
However, Brig. Steve Mugerwa, the team leader of the
recruitment exercise blamed the politicians and some security organs within the
districts for interfering with their work thus causing delays.
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The same view is shared by many applicants who failed
to make it through the shortlist and interviews. They believed that the
politicians and security personnel tampered with their applications leading to
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Meanwhile Paul Eseru, the Lira City Deputy Resident
Commissioner explained that their work as district and city security personnel
was to receive and verify that the applicants are residents of their areas. He added that choosing who gets recruited or not was in the hands of the UPDF
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The same position is shared by Anna Odongo Lumumba, the RDC
Dokolo district who said the UPDF officers had their own recruitment procedures
to follow which they, as the District security team had no access to.
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On the other hand, several people who had shown interest
in the exercise were disqualified and immediately replaced with those who had
not been shortlisted.
Mugerwa explained that those candidates were
disqualified for lack of academic papers and medical illness among other
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The Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces -UPDF is recruiting
more Local Defense Unit -LDU personnel across the country. The recruits will
receive 4 months’ basic military training from UPDF training schools. Upon
completion of their training, the LDUs shall be deployed to serve in their
respective districts of recruitment.