Col. Jeff Kupe Mukasa, the head of the recruitment team in Gulu, says most applicants had god fathers pushing for their recruitment. He says the team had to disregard the pressure to achieve its target of 52 recruits from Gulu, Omoro, Nwoya and Amuru districts.
Col. Jeff Kupe Mukasa, the head of the recruitment team in Gulu, says most applicants had "god fathers'' pushing for their recruitment.
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Some of the influence peddlers were prominent National Resistance Movement --NRM party cadres in Gulu district.
Col. Mukasa says the team had to disregard the pressure to achieve its target of 52 recruits from Gulu, Omoro, Nwoya and Amuru districts.
Of the recruits, 22 were from Gulu, 13 from Amuru while Omoro and Nwoya fronted nine and eight respectively. Col. Mukasa says many of the recruits presented with high blood sugar after the five-kilometre road run and drills.
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No female recruits turned up for the exercise conducted at Pece War Memorial Stadium on Sunday. Several others were turned away for showing up late and lacking the requisite qualifications.
2nd Lieutenant Feni Amongin Chebet, the spokesperson of the team said the successful recruits would be transported straightaway for training.
Among them is John Okema who earlier served in Home Guards, an auxiliary force formed at the height of the Lord's Resistance Army conflict in northern Uganda. He says he wanted to join the military after years of unemployment.
Okema told Uganda Radio Network that he envies colleagues with whom he served in Home Guards after successfully serving in the peace keeping mission in Somalia.
Since 2007, Uganda has maintained a 6,000-strong peace keeping force in Somalia under the African Union Mission to Somalia --Amisom.
Unlike in previous recruitment, Sunday's exercise has been unique as only a single recruit was diagnosed with Hepatitis B, an inflammation of the liver.
According to guidelines, the exercise targeted only holders of ordinary and advanced level certificates of education obtained in 2014 and 2015 calendar years.
Today the recruitment teams will be in Lango and West Nile areas.