Kabale Veterans Shun Recruitment into Amisom Force.

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The veterans under their Association Kabale Veterans Association say that they will not Respond to the recent call by the Ugandan government to report at the nearest Divisions for fresh recruitment saying that their money which they worked for in the early days but have instead always lived on empty promises.

 Kabale army veterans have expressed little interest in the current recruitment drive to beef up the number of Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) serving in the Amisom (African Union Mission in Somalia).

The veterans under their association Kabale Veterans Association say that they will not respond to the recent call by the Ugandan government to report to the nearest divisions for fresh recruitment. They claim that they have never been paid for services rendered to the country earlier. They therefore see no reason why it will be different this time round.  

So far only 10 out of the 50 veterans that Kabale district was supposed to contribute to the reserve force have registered at the UPDF 2nd division in Mbarara.

Caleb Turyamutunga, the Kabale district Veterans association chairperson, says that all veterans wasted their time  registering and opening bank accounts in 2010 as requested by the army. The veterans were supposed to receive ex-service claimants money. Turyamutunga claims that no money was ever wired to their accounts although more than 2.5 billion shillings was released.

Turyamutunga says that the veterans see no reason why they should participate in the recruitment while they are unsure they will be paid for their service.

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Turyamutunga is unhappy  although he served 8 years in the army, he received no money for his service. Turyamutunga served in the National Resistance Army from 1985 up to 1993. When he tried to claim ex-servicemen money, he was shocked to learn that those who had served for less than 9 years were not entitled to gratuity.
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Recruitment guidelines require the veteran seeking to join AMISOM be 47 years of age and below, physically fit and ready to undergo a three months refresher course before being deployed in Somalia.

45 year-old Adonia Museketa, an ex-serviceman for the National Resistance Army, says that they turned down the request by the government to go and serve in the AMISOM peace keeping mission as there is no assurance that their gratuity and the money that they will work for will be paid.

Our reporter was unable to get a comment from Uganda Peoples Defense forces as the officials at the Second Division in Mbarara could not be reached.


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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.