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22 year old arrested for using forged academic papers to join LDU

James Kasozi is in custody at Kagadi police station.

Kagadi, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A 22 year old man has been arrested for allegedly presenting fake academic documents at the ongoing recruitment exercise of Local Defence Unit (LDU) personnel in Kagadi district. The suspect has been identified as James Kasozi, a resident of Muruha cell in Kagadi district.

It is alleged that Kasozi approached the office of the Kagadi Resident District Commissioner-RDC on Monday to deliver his application in order to be considered in the ongoing recruitment of Local Defence Unit-LDU Personnel.

However, it was discovered that Kasozi had forged the O level certificate he presented to the panel. He was immediately arrested and taken to Kagadi Central Police Station, from where he revealed that he dropped out of school after completing Primary Seven.

Lilian Ruteraho, the RDC Kagadi says the suspect will be charged with forgery once police investigations are done.

The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) last week announced the recruitment of another batch of 10,000 Local Defence Unit (LDU) personnel countrywide. The recruitment exercise will last about four weeks starting August 23, 2021. The applicants must be Ugandan citizens aged 18 to 29, medically, physically fit and must hold UCE or artisan certificate with good conduct and no criminal record.

There are more than 25,000 LDU recruits countrywide, most of whom were recruited in 2018 following an increased wave of crime in various parts of the country including the killing of some high-profile personalities.

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