The Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) has launched its 2024 national recruitment exercise in the Karamoja Sub-region. Shortlisted candidates from Kaabong and Karenga districts have gathered to participate in the selection process.

Col. James Barigye Rukundo, Team Leader and substantive 3 Division Operations and Training Officer (3 DOTO), addressed the aspiring candidates, urging them to maintain discipline, follow instructions, and exercise patience throughout the interview process. He assured both the candidates and district leadership that the interview stages would be systematic, transparent, and fair, aiming to select qualified soldiers upon completion of the training programs.

Col. Rukundo emphasized that the UPDF would uphold its dignity and maintain its standards throughout the process.

Mr. Ocailap Filbert, Resident District Commissioner (RDC) for Karenga, expressed gratitude to the UPDF leadership for adopting a new approach to shortlisting candidates based on official adverts and projected quotas, providing clear guidance.

Meri Jino, District Chairperson of Kaabong, advocated for affirmative action for candidates from the Karamoja Sub-region.

The recruitment team will spend two days at the Kaabong recruitment center, aiming to select 22 candidates from the 36 shortlisted for Kaabong district and 12 from the 14 shortlisted for Karenga district. The team will conduct a similar exercise at the Kotido center on 3 July 2024 for candidates from Kotido district and on 4 July 2024 for those from Abim district.

Present at the event were Capt. (Rtd) Chris Mike Okirya, RDC for Kaabong, and other local leaders.

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