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Three Fake UPDF 'Majors' Arrested in Jinja

Joel Ndhego, a resident of ivunamba village says that the suspects tasked him to pay 50,000 Shillings to enable his son is recruited into the army.
Three people have been arrested for impersonating as Uganda Peoples Defense Forces-UPDF soldiers and soliciting small bribes from youth who want to join the forces. They were arrested on Tuesday by military operatives attached to the Jinja based Gadaffi Barracks.

The suspects whose identities have been withheld to avoid jeopardizing investigations are accused of masquerading as UPDF officers at the rank of Major, claiming they had been assigned by the force’s top leadership to mobilize unemployed youth for recruitment as Local Defence Unit personnel.

Joel Ndhego, a resident of Ivunamba village says that the suspects tasked him to pay 50,000 Shillings to get his son recruited into the army.

“Those men approached us with forged introduction letters from the Jinja district authorities and they convinced me to pay money before allowing my son to join UPDF, but after a week, they switched off their phones and never showed up in our village again,” he says.

Ayub Wabiika, the Budondo LCIII Chairperson says that he has received several complaints from different individuals and has since handed over the matter to security organs for further investigations. 

Meanwhile, Capt. Edwin Mawanda, the Jinja Zone UPDF Spokesperson says that the force is yet to prefer charges against the suspects who are currently detained at Gadaffi barracks pending investigations.

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