460 Former Arrow Boys Rejected In Latest Army Recruitment Top story

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In short
The army recalled at least 2,200 ex-soldiers for deployment against al-Shabaab terrorists in Somalia. The recall targets army veterans, retired soldiers, reserve forces, Local Defense Units and members of auxiliary forces like Amuka and Arrow Boys in northern and eastern regions.

At least 450 Arrow Boys from Teso sub region have so far been blocked from joining the reserve force set for deployment in Somalia.

This as the army recalled at least 2,200 ex-soldiers for deployment against al-Shabaab terrorists in Somalia.

The recall targets army veterans, retired soldiers, reserve forces, Local Defense Units and members of auxiliary forces like Amuka and Arrow Boys in northern and eastern regions.

The exercise registered 749 applicants from the eight districts of Soroti, Katakwi, Amuria, Kaberamaido, Serere, Ngora, Kumi and Bukedea. The four day exercise that kicked off on December 27, 2013 is ongoing at Soroti Military barracks.

It was however observed that Some Arrow force certificates were forged others scanned while others were rejected because of the overwhelming numbers, Major Robert Opolot, the Reserve Forces Commander in Teso sub region says

Maj. Opolot adds that some former Arrow boys had also presented borrowed certificates to the verification team. Some of these were detained by UPDF during the verification exercise.

Lt. Jimmy Denis Omara, the UPDF third division spokes person, told Uganda Radio Network that persons who meet the criteria must be below 47 years and should have been at the rank of lieutenant at the time of retirement if they are to be eligible for deployment.

At the verification, they must present a letter from the village council and copies of discharge certificates before being subjected to a Physical and Medical check –up, he adds

Lt.  Omara adds that although cases of impersonation were cited during the exercise, no arrests were made on the affected ex-servicemen.

 

About the author

Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.