By Fred Kiva
KAMPALA. The Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) has announced that recruitment of Local Defence Unit (LDU) personnel to beef up security in the Kampala Metropolitan Area begins next week.
A statement issued by Defence Spokesperson Brig. Richard Karemire on Saturday indicates that the recruitment exercise runs from September 25th-1st October.
President Yoweri Museveni who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, recently directed a call up of reserves to support enforcement of law and order in Kampala Metropolitan Area.
In a statement, Brig Richard Karemire says “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 take place starting on 25th September and end on 1st October 2018.”
Brig. Karemire said details of the recruitment exercise shall be communicated through various media houses. He however gave the criteria that will be followed.
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.
He added that medical, mental and physical fitness will be checked at the recruitment centre as well as at the training school.
"Recruits must be adults between 18 and 35 years and hold a minimum formal education of P.7 (PLE) to S.4 (UCE) and preferably with no other formal engagement or employment,” Brig Karemire emphasized.
It's not clear if this implies the recruited personnel will be required to offer full time service.
Recruits will also need to come with signed letters of recommendation from LC1 Chairperson, LC1 Secretary for Defence, PISO and GISO.
They must also be residents of the area; disciplined with no criminal record.
The army has warned against forgeries in the impending recruitment exercise. “Any presentation of forged documents is criminal and culprits will be liable to prosecution,” Brig Karemire warned.
In his national address on the state of security, President Museveni said the LDUs will help Government address the manpower gaps taken advantage by assassins to kill high profile people in the country.
The President's directive on Local Defence Units came just a day after assassination of former Buyende District Police Commander Mohammad Kirumira, near his home in Bulenga on September 8.
Kirumira was gunned down in a similar manner the likes of AIGP Felix Kaweesi, MP Ibrahim Abiriga, Major Muhammad Kigundu, Prosecutor Joan Kagezi and others. Men riding on motorcycles trailed the victims before spraying them with gunfire.