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Uganda's army spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire.

The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has revealed some of the centres that will be used to recruit 13,000 Local Defence Unit (LDUs) personnel.

The process will start on July 15 and end on July 31 in selected districts in central, eastern, northern and mid-western Uganda. Maj. Yusuf Bilal Katamba, the army’s 1st Division spokesperson, yesterday said in the Kampala Metropolitan area, which covers Wakiso, Kampala, and Mukono, they will recruit 3,000 personnel.

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The recruitments will take place at Wankulukuku, Old Kampala Secondary School, Kampala Capital City Authority grounds, Kuttano Playground in Kawempe and at Kibuli Police Primary School playground in Makindye division.

Katamba said apart from being physically fit and healthy, they expect a potential recruit to have a national identity card, recommendations from the LC1, GISO and DISO, no criminal record, hold a Primary Seven or O’level certificate and must be aged between 18 and 35 years.

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President Yoweri Museveni ordered the recruitment of 24,000 LDUs last September following the rampant gun violence, kidnap and robberies in the country. In October, the UPDF recruited 6,400 LDUs in Kampala.

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