By Bamutaze Sam Mwanjje
Authorities in Mayuge District are filing a petition in the General Court Martial chaired by Lt Gen Andrew Gutti over irregularities that marred the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) recruitment process in the district.
The petitioners led by Mayuge District Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Richard Gulume Balyeino allege that the UPDF recruitment team practised tendencies of corruption something that locked out many indigenous people.
The RDC alleges that 30% of the youth who were recruited on Tuesday 28 June 2022 in Mayuge, unfortunately, came from outside the district and were preferred at the expense of the local young men and women.
The experienced RDC reveals that this anomaly was detected from details of national identity cards of the youths who had been recruited. They are nation identity cards from other districts, some afar.
Remarking during the financial year 2021/2022 closing district council meeting at the council hall, the RDC revealed that one participant died during the recruitment exercise and upon checking his national identity card, it showed that he was coming from Hoima district.
He stressed that the youths in Mayuge should share part of the national cake by being allowed to join government institutions like the UPDF. It is their right and responsibility to join the UPDF and protect their country, he said.
Speaking to Charmar News, dwellers of Mayuge Town Council in Mayuge district, said that the night before the recruitment exercise, people speaking different languages popped in the town asking for directions to the district headquarters where the exercise took place.
“We saw new faces speaking different languages asking for guesthouses in the area and directions to the district headquarters,” a resident told Charmar News.
Dejected youths who spoke to Charmar News said they were denied the chance to join the force because they had no money to pay some people on the recruitment team.
The LCV chairperson Mayuge district, Bishop Frank Tibagendeka, condemned the act of corruption saying it painted UPDF and Mayuge authorities in a bad faith.