UPDF to recruit 1200 LDUs in Acholi and West Nile

Youth who turned up to be recruited as LDU personnel in Kampala. Courtesy photo.

Gulu – The Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces [UPDF] is implementing a directive by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni – her Commander in Chief.

Mr Museveni, last month, during his address to the nation on security ordered for the recruitment of Local Defense Unit [LDU] personnel to man the deteriorating security in Kampala and Wakiso districts.

His directive came after a high profile and well planned murders of people in central Uganda, the recent being the former Buyende District Police Commander, Muhammad Kirumira.

Fearless Kirumira and a lady friend were gunned down at Bulenga, Wakiso district on 8 September this year

In trying to control the speed at which these murders are conducted in Kampala Metropolitan, and his ‘low trust’ publicly shown in Uganda Police Force, the president ordered thus.

Whereas he said then that the recruitment would first be done in Kampala and Wakiso before extending it countrywide, the exercise was extended to Mukono district.

Now, the UPDF has again announced the exercise [recruitment] is planned for West Nile and Acholi sub-regions.

Major Olweny Sisa, the 4th Division army spokesperson confirmed the development to journalists in the northern Uganda’s town of Gulu on Monday afternoon.

Maj Olweny who was addressing journalists from NUMEC, says the four districts of Gulu, Omoro, Amuru and Nwoya will each produce 150 people – totaling to 600.

This recruitment exercise he says will start on 4 October, 2018 at Pece Memorial Stadium in Gulu town before West Nile on yet to be announced date.

“This recruitment is only for people from age of 18 to 25 years with qualifications of primary seven certificate and senior four. They will be subjected to medical test,” he added.

The UPDF urged the Local Council One Chairpersons not to abuse this recruitment by recommending the bad and hard core criminal from their various communities into the Local Defense Unit.

According to Olweny on behalf of the UPDF, the recruitment is to create employment to the youth and to bridge the gap in security.

After undergoing training the LDUs will be deployed in the region where there come from.

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