Unemployment Blamed as Youths Dash to Join UPDF

UPDF recruitment team examines the youths who showed up at Kakyeka in Mbarara to join the UPDF

The Vice President, look here Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi has said that poor hygienic conditions in schools, ed doctor is a major factor that keep students away especially in rural areas.

This he mentioned recently during his visit to Africa Love School and Medical Centre in Kyajubira in Kabonero subcounty, pill Masaka district.

Founded in 2009, the school is owned by UK proprietors, Rose and George Willard. It has both Primary and Secondary sections.

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VP Ssekandi addressing the students.

VP Ssekandi addressing the students.

The Vice President also delivered forty classroom desks to the school.

The Vice President donated desks to the school.

The Vice President donated desks to the school.

Ssekandi said that government’s emphasis on permanent infrastructures and furniture for schools is primarily aimed at improving the leaning atmosphere of students to enable them concentrate and put in more time towards their studies.

The Vice President, who pledged government’s support to the school, commended the proprietors of the school and medical centre for sacrificing their comfort and coming to help Ugandans improve literacy and economic sustainability.

The Chief Executive Officer of Africa With Love Schools, Malaha Christopher appealed to Government to extend piped water to the school which he said was a major challenge.

The ongoing UPDF recruitment campaign opened yesterday in the greater Mbarara Region with an overwhelming number of hopefuls.

At Kakyeka stadium in Mbarara town, find hundreds of youths showed up from the districts, approved of Mbarara Ibanda, help Kiruhura and Isingiro.

Col. Fred Karara who was in charge of the recruitment said that the exercise was challenging since his team didn’t not have sufficient equipment to cope with the numbers especially during the medical checkups.

He attributed the strong urge to join the army, largely to youth unemployment in the country. Some he said were willing to take the risk of breaking the rules to brighten their chances. “To a few others it is just passion and pride,” he said.

During the verification exercise, the UPDF recruitment team arrested 9 people from the districts of Ibanda, Mbarara and Isingiro who are said to have forged their academic documents. These were handed to the police at Mbarara central police station.

According to Major Ronald Kakurungu, the 2nd Division UPDF spokesman, the exercise was targeting 84 recruits in greater Mbarara i.e. 26 from Mbarara, 25 from Kiruhura, 18 from Isingiro and 15 from Ibanda district.

The recruitment exercise that started on 01st October will end on Wednesday in Mbarara district targeting 3000 people in the whole country.


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