Hundreds Disqualified In UPDF Recruitment In Kitgum

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Only 25 recruits were picked from over 500 applicants in Kitgum and Lamwo districts. Lt. Col. Paul Opo Omara, the deputy recruitment team leader said many failed on medical grounds and lack of proper documentation.

Hundreds of youth have been disqualified from joining the Uganda People's Defence Forces in Kitgum Lamwo districts. The two-day recruitment exercise saw only 25 applicants recruited, out of over 500 people who had applied.
The deputy recruitment team leader for North Eastern Acholi, Lt. Col. Paul Opo Omara says many applicants had medical issues, while others lacked the required documents..

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Omara said the exercise managed to absorb only two young women who turned up for the exercise. Seven males were taken from Lamwo and 17 others from Kitgum.

Lt. George Musinguzi, the 5th Division Public Relations Officer told URN that it is still difficult to attract females to the force. 

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Col. Stephen Mugerwa, the 5th Division Deputy Army Commander said most of those disqualified either failed to produce required documents or meet medical requirements. 

Among infections tested for are Hepatitis B, HIV and ring worms, among others. Only two applicants tested positive for Hepatitis B while non-tested positive for HIV.

The Lamwo district LC 5 chairperson, Mathew Ochen Akiya advised the recruits to observe discipline during and after training.

The group moves to Pader before proceeding to Lira. 


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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.