Police in the western Rukungiri district are holding two men accused of using forged documents to join the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF).
The suspects have been named as Deo Aikimana, a resident of Mpungu sub-county in the western Kanungu district and Andrew Twinamatsiko, a resident of Rwamabondo in Ntungamo district.
Screening of recruits began on Sunday, January 5 in the western district and ended at 10pm at the former chief administrative officer’s residence in Rukungiri municipality.
Maj Charles Kaboona, the UPDF 2nd Division public relations officer, said on Monday that Aikimana was arrested after presenting questionable papers of a Bachelor of Medicine degree from Kampala International University.
He said Aikimana tried to give officers a Shs 50,000 bribe to release him soon after he was caught. According to Kaboona, Twinamatsiko was arrested after presenting fake recommendation letters from local leaders. Twinamatsiko was also on police’s wanted list for numerous offences, Kaboona said.
Kaboona said only 78 out of 700 people who turned up from Rukungiri, Kanungu and Ntungamo districts were recruited. Eight of the successful applicants were female.
He said many applicants were turned away because they were above the required age, lacked academic credentials and failed physical and health tests. The countrywide UPDF recruitment targeting 4,000 recruits started on December 27, 2019 and ended Monday night.