Low Turn Up As UPDF Recruits In West Nile

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There has been a low turn up of people seeking to join Uganda Peoples Defense Forces in West Nile region.

The UPDF recruitment in West Nile region has been characterised by low turn up and failure by those turning up for recruitment to present the required  documents.   

The country wide recruitment exercise that started on 1st October is targeting to have three thousand recruited.

Lt. Ronald Ovon, the UPDF 409 brigade Public Relations Officers told URN in an interview at Arua Police ground on Saturday that they were experiencing with low turn up and lack of qualifications. He said they will only recruit those who have valid national identity cards.
In the two districts of Nebbi and Zombo, only 29 people were recruited. According to Lt. Ovon, the number for was small because of low turn up and failure to meet requirements.
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He says there were cases of forgery detected during the recruitment exercise and the culprits were detained shortly and released after the exercise was completed.

Colonel Martin Ndyanabo Dede, the team leaders undertaking the recruitment while briefing the people who turned up at Arua police ground said not everybody who showed up for the exercise would be recruited.
 Ndyanabo said they are targeting men and women who have completed S.4 from the year 2013 to 2014.
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The recruitment is targeting candidates aged 18 to 25 years join the army as privates. While those to join as professionals aged of between 18 to 35 qualify for recruitment.
Some of those that passed the first phase of the recruitment in Arua were happy and promised to serve the UPDF with dedication.
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