Several Veterans Miss AMISOM Recruitment Over Health Issues.

Several veterans have missed recruitment for a mission in Somalia under the African Union Mission in Somalia-AMISOM over health ailments.
Uganda People`s Defense Forces-UPDF through offices of the District Internal Security Officers last week recruited 242 veterans from the forth division infantry barracks to constitute the 30th battalion group in the war torn country.
But Major Caesar Olweny, the forth division infantry barracks spokesperson says hundreds of the veterans missed recruitment after presenting several health complications.
Olweny disclosed that they received overwhelming turn up for the exercise however several of the veterans were tested positive for Hepatitis B disease, HIV/AIDS, pressure and diabetes.
Others missed out on the exercise due to lack of national identity cards, discharge and retirement certificates.
He added that health issues have been the major challenges that UPDF face while carrying out recruitment.
The recruits were on Thursday taken for a pre-trial training at Ssingo military training wing in Nakaseke district.
Forth division comprises of West Acholi including Gulu, Omoro, Amuru, Nwoya, Oyam and West Niles districts.
This is the fourth time UPDF have taken veterans for a battle in Somalia since 2007.
AMISOM comprises of forces from Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and Djibouti who are on a peace keeping mission.
Uganda has the largest number of troops under AMISOM in Somalia contributing more than 64,000 of the 21,626 soldiers deployed since 2007.
The recruitment comes barely two months after President Yoweri Museveni threatened to withdraw his troops from the AMISOM if the United Nations would insists on cutting numbers of troops involved in the mission.
By Emmy Daniel Ojara .Gulu.

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