The Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) has recruited 3,610 Local Defence Unit (LDU) personnel in Kampala and Wakiso District.
The recruitment was carried out by both the UPDF and the police in Nakawa, Makindye, Lubaga, Kira, Kololo, Wakiso Town Council and Mukono. During the one-week recruitment exercise, 70 per cent of people who turned up were rejected due to lack of academic qualifications and poor health.
The requirements are; being a citizen of Uganda and a holder of a National Identity Card, must be healthy and medically fit, must be aged between 18 and 35 years, must be having formal education of P7 to S4 and preferably with no other formal engagement or employment, letters of recommendations, must be a resident of the area and must have no criminal record.
According to Major Henry Obbo, spokesperson of the recruitment exercise, while their target of 6,000 recruits in the first phase was not reached, the turn up was amazing compared to other UPDF recruitment exercises in the past.
The recruits will now undergo an orientation in Kampala before being taken to Kaweweta Recruits Training School for a basic Military training that will last four months.
He also says that more LDUs will be recruited in different phases, to reach 24,000.
During his address on the state of security, President ordered for the recruitment of LDUs to help police in policing Kampala and surrounding areas. This was a day after the death of former Buyende District Police Commander Muhammad Kirumira who was shot dead by unknown assailants.