More Arrests As UPDF Recruits In Kabale

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The Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces—UPDF have continued to arrest people for presenting forged documents to enable them join the army.

The Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces—UPDF have continued to arrest people for presenting forged documents to enable them join the army.
The latest victims are two men who were nabbed by the UPDF recruitment team at Kabale Municipal stadium.

Those arrested include Deo Akimana, a resident of Kigezi Village in Nyakabande sub county Kabale district, who had a forged transcript indicating that he has completed a Bachelor of Medicine from Makerere University.

Akimana told URN shortly after being arrested that he indeed presented forged papers and that his friend had helped him to get the documents, but did not reveal the identities of the friend.

Another suspect is Barnabas Twinamatsiko, a resident of Katookye Village in Kyanamira Sub County. Twinamatsiko, who is aged 21, was later described by the police as someone with a very bad criminal record. He was found with forged endorsement letters from local leaders and also had forged a Senior Four pass slip.

Kigezi regional police spokesperson Elly Maate says the two are being held at Kabale central Police station pending investigations.

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Despite hundreds of people turning up from the districts of Kisoro and Kabale, the recruitment team did not get the required number of recruits. The recruitment team headed by Lieutenant Colonel Justus Besisira had expected to recruit a total of 44 people from Kabale but only managed to get 38. Only two of the recruits were female.

In Kisoro, the team had targeted a total of 22 recruits but only got 18, one of whom was female.

More than 200 of the recruits were turned after they failed to pass medical and fitness tests while others were over age. Some of the recruits resorted to disqualifying themselves after they failed to run.
 Alex Kwikiriza, a resident of Muhanga town council says he was told by the team that he was not fit enough to undergo training and asked to go back home.
Captain Ronald Kakurungu, the recruitment team’s spokesperson, told URN that the UPDF is concerned about the poor turn up of female recruits and the specialists such as engineers and doctors. He says that the exercise was a success and that the recruits will be taken to Kaweweta Recruits Reception and Training School in Luwero district.
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A total of  98 recruits including six women were picked from the Districts of Kanungu, Rukungiri, Kisoro and Kabale.
The nationwide recruitment exercise has been marred by cases of forgery and lack of fitness.
In Kasese district, the western zone recruitment team arrested a total of six recruits after they presented forged academic documents. Those arrested are Rogers Baluku, Gabriel Kagende, Robinson Banyomire, Enock Kyumya, William Muhindo and Joab Kitunga.
Cases of forgery were also reported in the areas of West Nile and Eastern Uganda.
Recruits are required to present their original academic papers, identity cards and recommendation letters from Local Councils One, Two, and Three as well as the Gombolola Internal Security Officer.
The exercise is targeting a total of 3000 recruits aged between 18 and 25 years.


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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.