Uganda People’s Defence Forces UPDF on Tuesday concluded its recruitment exercise of Local Defence Unit personnel in the eastern districts of the country.
The exercise which started on15th July ran for two weeks in districts of Uganda which make up the first infantry division.
Recruitment was conducted in Kampala, Wakiso, Mpigi, Mukono, Jinja, Kaliro, Mayuge, Kamuli and Namayingo districts.
Speaking at the closing session that was held at Bugamba stadium in Jinja on Tuesday, Brigadier Joseph Balikudembe who was commander of the exercise commended the process and said that a target number had been achieved.
According to commander Balikudembe, the selection at Jinja was the last batch that made up a total of 13000 people that were intended to be recruited.
“The exercise which we started on 15th this month is ending today and has been successful throughout the districts where we have been,” said Brigadier Balikudembe.
The selected persons shall undergo military training for six months at Kaweweta Military School.
Brigadier Balikudembe pointed out some challenges that the recruitment team has faced throughout the exercise which include; forged academic documents, national identity cards and other paper works from potential recruits.
“The biggest challenge we experienced is that some youths who intended to join LDU did not have academic qualifications not even PLE and for that matter they resorted to looking around and forging documents,” he said
However, Chimp corps also established that most of the people in almost every district were left disgruntled after being eliminated from the exercise due to lack of qualifications.
Some of them castigated the UPDF for being corrupt and also ferrying people from different districts leaving out local residents.
Authorities refuted the claims as false and baseless.
“We have not ferried any persons because we have no reasons for doing so; that’s why we requested for recommendation signatures of area LC1 chairpersons, RDC and GISO,” Said Major Bilal Katamba, the land forces spokesperson.
Recruitment of LDUs was ordered by the President at the peak of violent crimes in 2018.
The President said that a total of 24000 persons were required to be recruited into LDU to help security agencies in detecting and fighting crime at village level across the country.