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Politicians, Security Agents Accused of Meddling in LDU Recruitment Exercise in Lango

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.
District leaders seeing off their successful applicants

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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 region.

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 their disqualification.

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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 soldiers.

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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 reasons.

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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.

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