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YOUTH DIES DURING UWA RECRUITMENT EXERCISE IN GULU

By Christopher Nyeko

GULU: The deceased collapsed after finishing the 5.5 kilometres road run, at around 12: 00pm. He was later pronounced dead on reaching Gulu Regional Referral Hospital.

Hangi Bashir, the UWA Senior Communication Manager, confirmed the incident, and identified the deceased as Jacob Opio hailing from Kitgum district.  He said the parents have been notified.

UWA is conducting a nationwide recruitment exercise of 850 rangers. The entire Acholi sub region has been allocated 48 slots. However, 627 jobless youth from Acholi sub region submitted their applications, out of which 579 were turned away after failing to meet the requirements.

The recruitment exercise which commenced today in Gulu started at 8:00 am at Kauunda ground Bgardege Layibi Division Gulu City attracted hundreds of applicants from different districts like Kitgum, Pader, Adjumani Lira, Amolatar among others.

Hangi Bashir,  the UWA Senior Communication Manager further told reports that the turn-up was overwhelming due to the numbers of jobless youth in the country and also their love to join UWA which is a well-established authority in the country.

Applicants who were presented with duplicated documents, unsatisfactory academic documents and others with no proper backup requirements such as recommendation and introduction letters from their political leaders were turned away.

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Bashir said the recruitment aims at closing the gap in shortages of manpower in the UWA because many of the personnel have retired, meanwhile others have died while still in service.

The Senior Communication Manager disclosed that the successful applicants will undergo six month training from Kaweweta and Murchison fall wildlife training wing by the UPDF trainers.

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