UPDF Falls Short of Recruitment Target in Kigezi

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Major Caesar Olweny, the spokesperson for the recruitment team, says only 14 people have been recruited from Kisoro District out of the required 19. He declined to reveal the number of those who have qualified from Rubanda and Kabale districts but says that the numbers are still low. According to Olweny, the quarters for the two districts are eight and 29 people respectively.

Uganda People's Defence Forces-UPDF recruitment officers in Kigezi region are concerned about the low turn up of potential recruits into the army. 

Far fewer people have shown interest in joining the UPDF in the districts of Kisoro and Rubanda and the recruitment team has no idea why this is so.

The recruitment exercise for the districts of Kabale, Kisoro and Rubanda is today at Kabale Main Stadium in Kabale Municipality.

 Major Ceaser Olweny, the spokesperson for the recruitment team, says that he is concerned by the low turn up. He says he expected to find large crowds of young men and women lining up to join the armed forces but was surprised to find very few.

According to Olweny, 19 people are needed from Kisoro District,eight from Rubanda and 29 from  Kabale.

Olweny, who is also the UPDF 4th Division spokesperson, however says that only 14 people have been recruited from Kisoro District out of the required 19. He declined to reveal the number of those who have qualified from Rubanda and Kabale districts but says that the numbers are still low.

He adds that no female has so far been approved to join the army.

Olweny says that most of them were weeded out from the recruitment exercise, due to lack of required academic documents, no national identity cards over age and poor health.

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Some people who turned up for the exercise say they are dissatisfied with the process. Godfrey Muhangi, a resident of Kakabano cell in Upper Bugongi, Northern Division in Kabale Municipality is one of the candidates who were turned away.

He claims to have all the qualifications for the job and doesn't understand why he wasn't given a chance to join the army. Muhangi, however, says that although he is 26 years, UPDF officers should have recruited him because he is tired of running along the streets to look for a job.

Kenneth Akankunda, a resident of Kitoohwa cell in Kaharo sub county also in Kabale district says that  he  has been denied a chance to join the army for failure to present a letter from his area Local council one Chairperson.

 Akankunda says that the recruitment exercise was poorly mobilised in the region.

The national army recruitment drive is underway in different parts of the country. Similar exercises are underway today in the districts of Rukungiri, Kabarole and Kasese among others. The exercise which started on October 17 ends on October 29.

 

About the author

Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.