Kenyan National Arrested During UPDF Recruitment

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A Kenya National has been arrested in Uganda while trying to join the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) during the just concluded nationwide recruitment exercise.

A Kenya National has been arrested in Uganda while trying to join the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) during the just concluded nationwide recruitment exercise.

Twenty-three year-old Michael Omondi was arrested from Tororo recruitment centre at the weekend after he turned up for recruitment.

Lt. Jimmy Denis Omara, the 3rd Division Army Spokesperson said they scrutinized and found out that Omondi is a Kenyan and a son of Samuel Kasalla, all residents of Malaba in Kenya. He said the law does not allow non-citizens to be recruited into any force in Uganda.

He said the army is questioning Omondi’s motive of trying to infiltrate into the UPDF, something he says they are not treating lightly.

Omara said they have also asked the police to investigate the office of the LC I chairperson of Malaba Town Council in Uganda that recommended Omondi for recruitment into the national army.

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Omondi was handed over to Tororo Central Police Station where he is being detained for further investigation.

On the same day, the army arrested Joseph Oguti Napodo, a resident of Busisa identified by the security agencies as one of the armed criminals who have been terrorizing Busia and Tororo districts. He had also turned up to join the UPDF.

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The UPDF over the weekend recruited a total of 90 youths from Tororo, Butaleja and Busia districts at Tororo Recruitment Centre.

A total of 445 youths turned up for the exercise but majority of them were turned away on grounds of forging academic qualifications, having diseases like syphilis, HIV/Aids and Hepatitis B, and body deformities among others.

Omara explained that in Tororo alone 207 people turned up for recruitment but only 44 were admitted, while in Butaleja, 85 turned up but only 19 were recruited. In Busia, 153 people turned up, but the army recruited only 24 people.

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The ministry of defense has just concluded a countrywide recruitment that targeted a total of 3,000 youth aged between 18 and 25 years.

The exercise that kicked off on September 2nd ended on Sunday, September 15th.

 

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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.