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    Museveni Reactivates Local Defense Structures in Response to ADF Attacks

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    Uganda’s leader, President Yoweri Museveni, has ordered the reactivation of local defense structures in response to recent attacks by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in the Rwenzori Sub-region.

    The Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) has initiated an exercise to recruit Local Defence Personnel (LDPs) to safeguard communities in the areas surrounding Kibale National Park and the Greater Rwenzori Sub-region.

    According to Defence Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Felix Kulayigye, the recruitment will take place in the districts of Kamwenge, Kitagwenda, Bunyangabo, Kyenjojo, and Kasese. The process will be carried out in two phases, with the first phase scheduled from December 27 to January 10, 2024, covering Kamwenge, Kitagwenda, and Bunyangabo. The second phase will follow immediately after and will include Kyenjojo, Kyegegwa, and Kasese.

    In adherence to the Quota system, 60 parishes will be involved in the mobilization and recruitment, with each parish contributing 12 recruits. This totals to 720 personnel in the first phase.

    The eligibility criteria emphasize the willingness of Ugandan citizens to volunteer, along with being physically and medically fit. Adults aged 18-45 years with a minimum education of Primary Seven are sought, provided they have recommendation letters from the LC1 Chairperson, Defence Secretary, and DISO/GISO. Candidates must also be residents of the area without a criminal record, disciplined, and not engaged in other employment.

    The Resident District Commissioner, Deputy Resident District Commissioners, UPDF, Uganda Police Force, Internal Security Organisation, LCI Chairpersons, and Secretaries for Defense will collaboratively conduct the mobilization. The goal is to ensure the selected candidates are suitable for the task at hand in protecting their communities.

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