UPDF to recruit 13,000 more LDUs
Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) will recruit more Local Defence Unit (LDUs) personnel in a drive that is expected to kick off on July 15.
According to the spokesman of the Land Forces, Lt Col Henry Obbo, 13,000 LDUs will be recruited in the exercise planned to last for three days.
The new recruits, Obbo said, will be for upcountry urban areas majorly municipalities and town councils.
The targeted areas for deployment include towns such as Masaka, Mbarara, Arua, Lira, Gulu, Mityana and Mubende.
Obbo said they were in meeting deliberating where the exercise will be conducted and will afterwards issue a detailed statement explaining when and where the fresh recruitment will be done.
Fresh LDU recruitment will start with headquarters of UPDF Divisions I, II, III, IV and V in Kakiri barracks, Mbarara, Mbale, Gulu and Pader respectively.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni ordered for the recruitment of 24000 LDUs in September last following the rampant gun violence, kidnap and robbery crimes.
The order came after former Buyende District police commander, Muhammad Kirumira, had been gunned down in his home area in Bulenga, Wakiso District along Kampala-Mityana highway.
The recruitment was effected in October last year when UPDF conducted a phased enrolment of 12,400 LDU personnel from Kampala, Mukono and Wakiso districts to reinfornce Police’s response to criminality in Metropolitan Kampala.
Additional reporting by Gyagenda Kabuubi