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Hundreds miss UPDF recruitment over lack of national IDs, forgery

UPDF recruitment exercise.

Hoima, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | More than 900 potential recruits to the Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces-UPDF have been turned away in Buliisa.

Some of the youths were found with forged academic papers, no National IDs and recommendation letters from LC1 chairpersons, District Internal Security Officer-DISO, and Resident District Commissioners-RDC.

Others were rejected on medical grounds while others were above the recommended age of between 18-30 among other factors.

Major Stephen Tumwesigye, the spokesperson for the Masindi Artillery Division and Spokesperson for the recruitment team in the Albertine says more than 1,000 youths from Buliisa had turned up for the recruitment exercise.

Maj. Tumwesigye says Buliisa was only given 30 slots and that only those that have fully fulfilled the requirements will be recruited.

Stephen Nfashingabo, the Buliisa Resident District Commissioner-RDC says it is unfortunate that some of the people turned up for the recruitment exercise with forged academic papers, despite being warned.

Jonan Atuhairwe, one of the youths who was turned away because he did not possess a recommendation letter from the DISO says his dream was to join UPDF and serve the country but unfortunately, he did not meet all the set standards.

He wants UPDF to review some of the guidelines. The recruitment exercise for Buliisa was conducted at the Hoima Booma grounds, Hoima city.

The recruitment of 10,000 Ugandans has been running since June 18th and will end on July 4 throughout the country.

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