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Women in West Nile region have shunned the UPDF
recruitment exercise taking place in Arua with less than 10 ladies out of over 1000
candidates who turned up for the exercise today.
The recruitment for West Nile region taking place at the Arua
town police grounds has a target of 158 successful recruits for the whole
region comprising 12 districts.
Colonel Stephen Ebulu, the UPDF Team Leader Arua recruitment
center says despite efforts by the female officers to convince more ladies to
join the army, the turn up has remained poor.
According to him, there are still hopes that the
region will be able to have more ladies join UPDF in the next recruitment
Cue in; The turn up has …Cue
out; fellow soldier ladies….." //
However according to Nahori Oya, the RDC Arua, the
low number of ladies showing up at the recruitment center is regrettable.
He adds that the long distance for those from Adjumani,
Moyo, Obongi, Pakwach, Zombo among other districts could have hindered many
from showing up at the recruitment center in Arua.
Cue in; Yes, maybe it …Cue
out; is a fair number…." //
Some of the recruits who were turned away expressed
disappointment over the manner in which the exercise was conducted and also
blamed some of the recruiting leaders for been unfair to them.
Cue in; I don’t feel good …Cue
out; ‘wasted our time to come here…." //
Other challenges that also marred the UPDF recruitment
exercise for West Nile according to the officials include: presentation
of forged documents, with four cases recorded but left to go, lost IDs,
candidates showing up without documents and many several showing up late for
By the time URN compiled this report, last lot road
run and medical screening of over 500 candidates was still kicking off.