12 February 2009

Uganda: UPDF Resumes Recruitment

Kampala — THE UPDF recruitment exercise that was halted last week, resumed yesterday in Mpigi district. Scores of youths turned up at the district headquarters to be enlisted into the national army.

Lt. Col. Bosco Mutambi, the leader of the UPDF recruitment team in Zone A of the central region, said they were targeting 51 recruits and one cadet officer from Mpigi.

Mutambi said they had received a good response from the public but several youths had to be turned away for lack of the required qualifications.

He said every district was allocated a quota, which was determined by its population. Thirty percent of the slots are reserved for women.

The districts under Zone A are Mpigi, Wakiso, Luweero, Nakaseke, Nakasongola, Kayunga, Mukono, Jinja, Mayuge and Kampala.

The army spokesperson, Maj. Felix Kulaigye, recently said they were targeting 3,300 recruits, 3,000 of whom will be non-commissioned officers and 300 officer cadets.

Officer cadets must possess an A' level certificate or its equivalent, while recruits must have attained Senior Four education.

At Mpigi, army doctors checked the candidates and tested them for HIV/AIDS.

One applicant deemed to be over-age was turned away. Mutambi said although the applicant was a university graduate, he appeared to be in his 40s.

Prospective recruits were also required to submit a recommendation letter from their areas of residence, signed by officials from LC1 up to LC3 as well as the Gombolola Internal Security Officer.

Two applicants, who presented recommendation letters from Sironko and Rukungiri districts, were told to wait for the exercise in their districts. Other ineligible people include the married, foreigners and those outside the age-bracket of 18 to 25.

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