UPDF probes recruitment of LDU personnel

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The Uganda People’s Defence Forces-UPDF has set up a team to investigate irregularities that marred the recruitment exercise of Local Defence Unit-LDU personnel.

Last month UPDF recruited about 10,000 LDU’s to boost the already existing number across the countryside.

 The recruitment exercise that lasted for four weeks required handwritten applications indicating nationality, age, marital status, and accompanied by a national identification card and academic credentials. 

The applicants were also supposed to be Ugandan citizens aged 18 to 29, medically, physically fit, holding UCE with good conduct and no criminal record.

However, in different parts of the country, the exercise was marred with allegations of bribery, forgery of academic papers, ferrying recruits from other districts among others.  

Brig. Flavia Byekwaso, the UPDF Spokesperson said that they have received several complaints from Nakasongola, Kole, Butaleja and Butambala districts where some of the applicants were not recruited. 

Byekwaso who declined to reveal who will head the investigations, says that the applicants who bribed or forged letters and academic documents will be dismissed immediately.

Between 2018 and 2019, UPDF recruited close to 20000 LDUs. The first group constituted more than 6000 LDU, who were deployed in the Kampala metropolitan area. Another group had 12,000 LDUs who were deployed in among other areas of Masaka, Mityana, Jinja, Mbale, Soroti and Luwero.

LDU personnel have been in the spotlight over brutality especially during the first COVID-19 lockdown last year.  In addition, several people are still nursing wounds and others died at the hands of LDUs

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