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Youth in Kampala shun LDU recruitment

Some of the youths at the Mukono District grounds waiting for the documents to be verified. (PHOTO/Namajja)

MUKONO – There has been a low turn up of Baganda youths for the Local Defense Unit (LDU)  recruitment process in the Kampala Metropolitan region.

The concern was raised by Col Felix Abucha the leader of the team that carried out the recruitment process of LDUs in Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono districts saying that majority of the youths that turned up were not Baganda.

Col Abucha said: “Majority of the youths that turned up are not Baganda. I wonder why.”

“These recruits will come back to their communities after their military training. They will work with their local leaders and the police to keep security.” He said.

“How are they going to communicate with people in these areas if they don’t know Luganda,” he questioned.

The recruitment process that started on July 27 and ended on 29 at the Mukono District grounds required 3000 recruits across the country.

However, the team only recruited 480 youths which was their target of which 25 of them were women.

Col Abucha explained that due to the nature of the work, they needed a few women to be recruited.

He said: “Women have a type of work in army which they can do.”

PC Kasimu Mulumba said that the countrywide recruitment started on July 15, and attracted a huge number of applicants aged between 18 to 30 years.

The Chairperson V Mukono District Mr. Andrew Ssenyonga urged youths not to undermine the LDU position and instead embrace it.

Mr. Ssenyonga said: “Most youths today don’t value the LDU job. I would like to urge all the youths to apply for such opportunities when they come up because nobody will guard their communities except themselves.”

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