Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) on Monday commenced the process of recruiting more Local Defence Unit (LDU) personnel that are hoped to tighten up security around the country.
The recruitment process which is expected to last two weeks, kicked off in high gear according to UPDF spokesman Brig Richard Karemire.
Karemire says the numbers that showed up at the various recruitment centres at Gulu Pece Stadium, Lyantonde District Headquarters, Kaabong District Headquarters, Lamwo District Headquarters and Wankulukuku Stadium in Kampala, exceeded expectations.
“A simple analysis carried out indicates that as of today by 9 O’clock, the turn up at the various recruitment centres was ranging from 200 – 1,000% well above the required numbers,” he said.
Karemire added, “The big turn up demonstrates the commitment and trust people have in being part of the country’s security architecture that supports the UPDF doctrine of a small, professional, well equipped army, backed by a large reserve force.”
Particularly, the turn up in Kampala Metropolitan Area according to Karemire, was higher than last year 2018.
Tomorrow, the recruitment exercise is expected to open up in Kotido, Kitgum, Amuru, Kyotera (for Kyotera and Rakai residents) as well as Old Kampala S.S (for Kampala Central Division).
Karemire however, cautioned all Ugandans as the exercise carries on, to “guard against some unscrupulous elements in the community bent on taking advantage of the unsuspecting by soliciting for bribes with a promise to facilitate recruitment.”
“Such persons if caught, will roundly face the strong hand of the law and therefore should stand warned,” he added.