The number of Ugandans who have today Monday turned out to be recruited in the Local Defence Unit (LDU) at different recruitment centres, has surpassed the required figures, the army says.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni ordered for the recruitment of 24,000 LDUs in September last following the rampant gun violence, kidnap and robbery crimes.
As such, UPDF in October conducted recruitment phases in which 6,400 Local Defence Unit (LDUs) personnel were recruited and deployed in the Kampala Metropolitan area after undergoing a four-month basic military training.
Recently, UPDF announced that is was to conduct a two weeks long recruitment exercise seeking to recruit more 13,000 Local Defence Unit (LDUs) personnel for districts in Central, Eastern, Northern and Mid-western regions of Uganda, starting today Monday July 15.
Today the centres covered include Pece Stadium, Lyantonde District Headquarters, Kaabong District Headquarters, Lamwo District Headquarters and Wankulukuku Stadium for Lubaga residents in Kampala.
The figures indicate that indicates that by 9am, the turn up at the various recruitment centres was ranging from 200 – 1,000% well above the required numbers.
This according to the army spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire, demonstrates commitment and trust people have in being part of the country’s security architecture that supports the UPDF doctrine of a small, professional, well equipped army, backed by a large reserve force.
“This will no doubt form part of the existing strong base to sustain peace and security of persons and their property thus enhancing prosperity and social economic transformation of the country,” Karemire said in a statement.
“We are happy also to note that the turn up in Kampala Metropolitan Area has been particularly higher than last year 2018. This could be attributed to people having a better appreciation of the value LDUs play in solving their immediate security needs,” he added.
He however alerted the public to guard against some unscrupulous elements in the community bent on taking advantage of the unsuspecting by soliciting for bribes with a promise to facilitate recruitment.
Such persons if caught, will roundly face the strong hand of the law and therefore should stand warned, he said.