UPDF to start recruiting up to 10,000 LDUs next week (1)
Next week, Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces (UPDF) is set to begin a national recruitment drive for Local Defence Unit personnel (LDUs). FILE PHOTO

Next week, the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) will commence a countrywide recruitment exercise for Local Defense Unit (LDUs) personnel.

The Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) has announced a countrywide recruitment exercise of Local Defence Unit personnel (LDUs) set to commence next week.

In a statement dated August 19, 2021, Brig-Gen Flavia Byekwaso the UPDF spokesperson said the recruitment exercise will begin on Monday, August 23 and end on September 16, 2021.

Byekwaso said well-wishers shall have to submit handwritten applications to the offices of their respective Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) in observance of Covid-19 standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

She said all applicants must be Ugandan citizens aged between 18 and 29 years, medically, physically fit adding that these must also be in possession of a UCE certificate or artisan certificate, with good conduct and no criminal record.

“Must indicate nationality, age, marital status, education and accompanied with National Identity card and academic credentials. A Letter of recommendation from LC1 or GISO is also a must,” Byekwaso said.

“Shortlists of successful candidates will be published and pinned at district headquarters between 2-16 September2021 and dates of reporting to recruitment centers shall be announced,” added.

To date, there are more than 25,000 LDU recruits countrywide, most of whom were recruited in 2018 following a presidential directive as one of the means that will help reduce crimes witnessed in various parts of the country.

Speaking about the process, Lt Col Ronald Kakurungu the Force’s deputy spokesperson said the recruitment is not something new. He said the LDUs are an auxiliary force that works for hand in hand with the UPDF.

He said the new LDU recruits will be trained for six months starting October before they are deployed to undertake any duties. He said the recruitment is going to help boost the already existing number. 

“The LDU are part of the security apparatus that we call auxiliary forces. We have previously worked with them, like the operation in Northern Uganda against the Lord Resistance Army (LRA), in Western Uganda against the Alliance Democratic Forces (ADF) and in the Karamoja disarmament operations. So it is not something new that we are starting afresh, we have always worked with them,” he said.

“In Kampala Metropolitan Area we have about 7,000. This time we are recruiting to boost the number in all our divisions countrywide. Every division has at least two brigades of LDUs that they work with,” added.