People’s Defence Forces-UPDF has set up a team to investigate irregularities
that marred the recruitment exercise of Local Defence Unit-LDU personnel.
UPDF recruited about 10,000 LDU's to boost the already
existing number across the countryside. The recruitment exercise that
lasted for four weeks required handwritten applications indicating nationality,
age, marital status, and accompanied by a national identification card and
were also supposed to be Ugandan citizens aged 18 to 29, medically, physically
fit, holding UCE with good conduct and no criminal
different parts of the country, the exercise was marred with allegations of bribery,
forgery of academic papers, ferrying recruits from other districts among
Brig. Flavia Byekwaso, the UPDF Spokesperson says that they have received several
complaints from Nakasongola, Kole, Butaleja and Butambala districts where some
of the applicants were not recruited.
declined to reveal who will head the investigations, says that the applicants
who bribed or forged letters and academic documents will be dismissed
in; “we have started…
Cue out... investigation and those who.”//
Between 2018 and 2019, UPDF recruited close to 20000 LDUs. The first group
constituted more than 6000 LDU, who were deployed in Kampala metropolitan area.
Another group had 12,000 LDUs who were deployed in among other areas of Masaka,
Mityana, Jinja, Mbale, Soroti and Luwero.
LDU personnel have been in the spotlight over brutality especially during the
first COVID-19 lockdown last year. In addition, several people are still nursing wounds and
others died at the hands of LDUs.