One person is in police custody after being arrested while soliciting money during the ongoing Uganda Peoples Defence Forces-UPDF recruitment exercise in Kyenjojo district. Isaac Kawonawo, the Kyenjojo Deputy Resident District Commissioner, says that Baguma claimed that he was a UPDF captain and a member of the recruitment team.
James Baguma, a resident of Rubona Sub County in Kabarole district was arrested on Sunday morning in Kyenjojo town after conning people of money with promises of helping them join the UPDF.
Isaac Kawonawo, the Kyenjojo Deputy Resident District Commissioner, says that Baguma claimed that he was a UPDF captain and a member of the recruitment team. According to Kawonawo, Baguma was asking for a minimum of 50,000 shillings and that by the time of his arrest, he had solicited 400,000 Shillings. He was also found dressed in army boots.
Baguma's luck ran out when he asked money from Yusuf Mulindwa, who had brought his son for the recruitment exercise. Kawonawo explains that Mulindwa became suspicious and alerted members of the recruitment team, who arrested Baguma and handed him over to police officers at Kyenjojo Police Station.
Captain Charles Kaboona, the officer in-charge of the recruitment exercise says that since Thursday, Baguma has been moving in different parts of Kyenjojo town claiming to be part of the UPDF recruitment team and promising people that he will recruit them into the army.
The recruitment exercise for Kyenjojo and Kyegegwa districts was carried out jointly at Kyenjojo district headquarters, Kasina. The recruitment team was overwhelmed by the turn up of more than 400 people from both districts against the available 43 slots for both districts.
However, some of them were turned away due to lack of academic documents, recommendation letters from local council leaders and medical forms.
According to Kaboona, the army needed 25 from Kyenjojo and 18 from Kyegegwa.