Nairobi News


40 Kenyans blocked from joining the Ugandan Army

Media reports in Uganda indicate some 40 Kenyans have been blocked from joining the Ugandan Army.

The 40 had disguised themselves as Ugandans so as to qualify for selection during the recruitment drive.

They were busted during a 10-day recruitment exercise that targeted a total of 4,000 people from all districts of Uganda as both professional and regular soldiers.

According to the Uganda People Defence Forces recruitment criteria, all recruits must be citizens of Uganda and in possession of an original national identity card alongside duly signed letters of recommendation from the area chiefs. They must also possess a good conduct certificate and have no criminal record.

But a number of Kenyans not only presented themselves during the recruitment exercise at the Kapchorwa secondary school on Monday but also appeared to have all these documents.

“We have got a challenge where some of the local authorities are not adequately supporting the exercise to the extent that they recommend noncitizens. Imagine some Kenyans were actually recommended by LCs (Local Council) and GISOs (Government Internal Security Officer). We only identified them here after we were tipped off by some concerned citizens. Indeed as we went deep we found that they were not Ugandans, about 40 of them were eliminated on that fact,” Teleshor Turyamana, the 3rd UPDF spokesperson, told the Daily Monitor.