UPDF Recruits 62 Applicants in Sebei Sub-Region Amid Nationwide Drive

The Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) has recruited 62 applicants from the Sebei sub-region in eastern Uganda as part of a nationwide recruitment drive. Col. James Barigye Rukundo, head of Team Seven for the Karamoja and Sebei regions, announced that the successful recruits included 22 from Kapchorwa, 22 from Kween district, and 18 from Bukwo, with 12 of them being female. The recruitment took place at the Kapchorwa recruitment centre.

Col. Rukundo noted that many shortlisted candidates were disqualified due to medical issues, discrepancies in their academic transcripts, and National Identity Cards, among other reasons. He emphasized that the recruitment was conducted fairly and based on merit, achieving the target. Seven applicants were arrested for possessing fake documents and are being held at Kapchorwa Police Station for further investigation.

The Resident District Commissioner for Kween, ASP (Rtd) Hope Atuhaire, and the regional whip for the Sebei sub-region urged the recruits to remain committed and patriotic to complete their training and serve Uganda. Hon. Chebet Evelyne, Kapchorwa District Chairperson, cautioned the recruits against desertion after joining the force and encouraged applicants who did not qualify to explore other opportunities in both the government and private sectors.

The day-long exercise was attended by senior district officials from across the sub-region. Similar recruitment exercises are scheduled for shortlisted applicants from Sironko district at Sironko district headquarters on Tuesday, 9 July 2024, and for Bulambuli district on Wednesday, 10 July 2024, at the same venue.