Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF) has kicked off a campaign to recruit Local Defence Personnel (LDPs) following attacks in the Rwenzori Sub-region by the Allied Democratic Forces terrorists.
President Yoweri Museveni, who is also the Commander-in-Chief, directed the reactivation of Local Defence Structures in the areas surrounding Kibale National Park and the Greater Rwenzori Sub-region to protect communities against attacks by the ADF, according to Defence Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Felix Kulayigye.
"The UPDF, therefore hereby announces the mobilisation and recruitment of Local Defence Personnel (LDPs) in the districts of Kamwenge, Kitagwenda, Bunyangabo, Kyenjojo and Kasese," he said in a December 26 statement.
The recruitment will be conducted in two phases. Phase 1 will run from December 27 to January 10, 2024.
This will cover the districts of Kamwenge, Kitagwenda and Bunyangabo. Phase 2 will cover the districts of Kyenjojo, Kyegegwa and Kasese," reads the statement. "Phase 2 will begin immediately after Phase 1 and will be conducted as in Phase 1."
The mobilisation and recruitment will be conducted in 60 Parishes/Wards according to the Quota system. Each Parish/Ward shall contribute 12 recruits, making a total of 720 personnel in phase 1.
The criteria for recruitment shall be as follows: Citizens of Uganda, ready to volunteer service, physically and medically fit, adults aged 18-45 years, minimum education of Primary Seven, duly signed letters of recommendation from the LC1 Chairperson, Defence Secretary and DISO/GISO, residents of the area and no criminal record.
The recruiting team will also ensure that candidates are disciplined and have no other employment/engagement. The mobilisation will be conducted by the Resident District Commissioner, Deputy Resident District Commissioners, Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces, Uganda Police Force, Internal Security Organisation, LC1 Chairpersons and Secretaries for Defence.