Recruitment: UPDF refutes reports that ‘Energetic Youth were brought at midnight and the already screened ones were dropped’ in Mbarara.
Western Uganda – Uganda Peoples Defence Force (UPDF) has refuted viral information claiming that the Friday, Jan 3, 2020 recruitment exercise at Kakyeeka play ground in Mbarara municipality was dominated by ‘order from above & conflict of Interest’ as all those that were screened during day time were told to go home and a truck full of energetic youth came in at around midnight of the recruitment day to take up the positions.
According to the 2nd division spokesperson Major Charles Kabona, the force believes in transparency; there is nobody that was chased away after completing screening because their parents/guardians plus local authorities were at Kakyeeka stadium on 5th Jan 2020 (Sunday) to witness their children taking off to Kaweweta UPDF training camp (found in Nakaseke district central Uganda).
The national recruitment exercise that commenced on 27 December 2019 till Jan 5,2020 was targeting over 4000 personnel and for southwestern Uganda,over 200 were recruited from the recruitment points of Mbarara (receiving those from Ibanda,Kazo,Kiruhura,Mbarara,Isingiro and Rwampara districts) Bushenyi (receiving those from greater Bushenyi districts),Kasese,Rukungiri,Greater Kabale and elsewhere.
Maj Charles’s response: The allegation is baseless, malicious and lack substantive evidence, the recruitment exercise was transparent and witnessed by local authorities ,the recruitment criteria was very clear and many were left on medical ground and failure to have the necessary qualifications, I would like to bring it to your attention that at the end of recruitment the local authorities had to fill a form to prove that the recruitees are from that particular area, indeed the turnup was high which is a clear manifestation that UPDF is the most trusted and loved institution ,but the slots were limited ,therefore we had to select the cream out of the best, for those that were left behind we appreciate them for having passion to join mighty UPDF let them try next time. The above allegation is a pure propaganda spread by few negative elements with an aim of tarnishing the good image UPDF.
Story compiled by Aaron Ainomugisha https://twitter.com/AaronAinomugis3