By Ronaldo Kalangi
The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has released a recruitment exercise programme for Local Defence Units (LDUs) in an attempt to curb rampant murders around Kampala Metropolitan Area.
While addressing the nation on security matters last week, President Museveni ordered for reinstatement of LDUs as part of reserve force to curb crime in Kampala metropolitan area.
On Saturday UPDF’s spokesperson Brig.Richard Karemire asked the interested Ugandans to apply and join the cause.
“In fulfillment of this directive, UPDF) announces that the recruitment of the Local Defence Units (LDUs) personnel from the Districts of Kampala, Mukono and Wakiso will start on 25th September and end on 1st October 2018,” he said.
He said details of the exercise would be communicated through various media houses but gave the criteria which shall be adhered to.
For example, the recruits must be citizens of Uganda and must be in possession of an original National Identity Card.
They must be healthy and medically fit, ready to undergo medical and physical body check and a road run to test endurance and body fitness.
“medical, mental, and physical fitness will be done at the recruitment centre as well as at the training school. Recruits must be adults between 18 and 35 years and should hold a minimum formal education of P.7 (PLE) to S.4 (UCE), and preferably with no other formal engagement or employment,” he said.
He also said that recruits would be required to come with signed letters of recommendation from LCI Chairpersons, LC1 Secretary for Defence, PISO and GISO.
They must also be residents of the areas and well disciplined with no criminal records.
UPDF cautioned that any presentation of forged documents is criminal, and culprits would be liable to prosecution.
Members of security committees will over see the recruitment process.