172 to Join UPDF in Teso

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Majority of the UPDF applicants from Teso were disqualified because they were suffering from different kinds of skin diseases while others were disqualified after testing positive to HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B, pregnancy for ladies and high blood pressure. two applicants were arrested after presenting forged academic documents, he adds.

At least 172 youths have succesfully been registered for recruitment into the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) from the eight districts in Teso region.

The districts are Soroti, Serere, Kaberamaido, Amuria, Katakwi, Ngora, Kumi and Bukedea.

Lt. Jimmy Denis Omara, the UPDF third division spokes person, told Uganda Radio Network that172 recruits had successfully been recruited into UPDF in Teso.
 
He noted that with 38 recruits, Soroti district recorded the highest number of recruits while Serere recorded the least number of 14.

Lt, Omara says Majority of the UPDF applicants from Teso were disqualified because they were suffering from different kinds of skin diseases while others were disqualified after testing positive to HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B, pregnancy for ladies and high blood pressure.  two applicants were arrested  after presenting forged academic documents, he adds.

he adds that the overwhelming turn up in Teso shows that the civilian population has developed trust in the army . He adds that the exercise targets 553 UPDF recruits in the third division.

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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.