Thousands Miss Out On UPDF Recruitment

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Thousands of applicants in different parts of the country have missed out on UPDF recruitment over forged papers, lack of physical fitness, and lack of proper identification.

Several applicants in the ongoing Uganda People's Defense Forces recruitment exercise have failed to make it to the force. Over 700 applicants were on Monday rejected in Lira district alone.

As early as 6am, several youths from as far as Otuke and Alebtong districts had already gathered at the former Akii-Bua memorial stadium waiting to be vetted by the UPDF recruitment team led by Col. Stephen Mugerwa.

Out of the over 700 applicants who turned up, only 27 from Lira district, three from Otuke and eight from Alebtong district were recruited into the infantry section of the UPDF.

Col. Stephen Mugerwa, the 5th Division Operation and Training Officer who headed the recruitment in Lango described it as very competitive due to the big turn up.

Lt. George Musinguzi, the 5th Division Army deputy spokesperson says a number of applicants did not meet the requirements.
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Musinguzi attributed the huge turn up by the youths as trust and an indication of peoples' love on the UPDF.
Meanwhile, over 200 applicants were disqualified in Masaka sub-region after failing to meet the criteria. Col. Jeff Mukasa, who headed the central recruitment zone said the army needs those who are determined, focused and have a good code of conduct.
However, one of the successful applicants, Ronald Kaweesi was disqualified because he spoke to journalists.
Maj. Tabaro Kiconco, the air force spokesperson said they received over 300 applicants from Masaka, Kalungu, Sembabule and Lwengo but most of these were dropped.
In Arua, a UPDF impersonator was arrested soliciting for money from applicants. The 409th Brigade spokesperson, Lt. Ronald Ovon told journalists that Pasilam Edema was impersonating as an officer from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence and collecting money from applicants to allegedly help them be recruited into the force.
Lt. Ovon says Edema will be charged with impersonation and tarnishing the name of UPDF.


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