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Thousands turn up for UPDF recruitment in Rukungiri

By Caleb Bahikaho

Added 5th January 2020 05:09 PM

The UPDF second division spokesman, who is also the public relations officer for the recruitment exercise in the western region, Maj. Charles Kabona, said they were overwhelmed by the numbers turning up for recruitment in the entire region.

Thousands turn up for UPDF recruitment in Rukungiri

Some of the candidates who completed the first phase of running 4km to join the UPDF. Photos by Caleb Bahikaho

The UPDF second division spokesman, who is also the public relations officer for the recruitment exercise in the western region, Maj. Charles Kabona, said they were overwhelmed by the numbers turning up for recruitment in the entire region.

UPDF RECRUITMENT
 
The recruitment of Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces (UPDF) exercise, which kicked off on December 27 last year, ended on  Sunday, January 5, 2020, with overwhelming numbers turning up for recruitment in Rukungiri centre, Rukungiri district.
 
The UPDF second division spokesman, who is also the public relations officer for the recruitment exercise in the western region, Maj. Charles Kabona, said they were overwhelmed by the numbers turning up for recruitment in the entire region.
 
he recruits during the 4km runThe recruits during the 4km run. Those who could not make it were eliminated

 

Kabona said Rukungiri centre catered for the districts of Ntungamo, Kanungu and Rukungiri.
 
"We are happy have many people turning up. It indicates that Ugandans trust our army now, unlike those days when we would come with a lorry and go back with few recruits or none," he said.
 
He appealed to those who were rejected to improve on the requirements needed so that they are recruited next time.
 
"We are considering many factors to get the number that we want. Those who arrived after 7:00am were not allowed to enter as it was clearly noted that closing time was 7:00am," he said.
 
Kabona added that other criteria were academic documents, personal health and having no family. He said the recruitment targeted professional and none professional people.
 
"The none professional were those who completed S4 and S6 in 2016, 2017 and 2018, aged between 18 and 25 years. The S6 leavers must have specialized in sciences, especially physics, chemistry, biology and Mathematics," he said.
 
Kabona added that for professionals, they were targeting medics, engineers, science teachers, vocational skills and language teachers.
 
He said Rukungiri centre has become second to Mbarara in the number of recruits turning up. He said in the Mbarara centre, which covered the districts of Kiruhura, Kazo, Ibanda, Isingiro, Rwampara and Mbarara, attracted about 2,000 participants, yet they wanted only 122. In the Rukungiri centre, about 1,400 people turned up, yet they only wanted 85 candidates.
 
Kabona said they started the exercise with Hoima, then Fort Portal, Bundibujo, Kasese, Bushenyi, Mbarara, Kabale and ended with Rukungiri.
 
He said many were rejected on health grounds, especially those with ringworms, big Scars, missing teeth and HIV/Aids.  

 

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