One person died and three others were admitted to Apac hospital in critical condition after collapsing during the Local Defense Unit (LDU) recruiting exercise in Apac district on Friday.
Ronald Obono, 23, collapsed and died after driving 5 km on the road. The exercise was part of the recruiting fitness test. The incident happened around 12 noon.
Obono resided in Bung B ‘Village, Alira Parish, Aduku Sub-county, Kwania District.
His father, Mr. Jasper Obaa, who witnessed the incident said: “I took him on a motorbike to Apac Boma Ground where the recruiting exercise was taking place. They were then brought in a group run to Atopi, about 2.5 km away. And my son collapsed immediately, he went back to Apac Boma Ground, the same place they left for the road race.
When Obono collapsed, a team of army medics offered him first aid, including putting him on a drip, but it was too late to save his life.
Mr Obaa said his son was in very good health when he took him to be recruited into the LDU.
“He finished 6th grade at Akalo High School in Kole District last year and we agreed as a family that joining LDU would be the best thing for him due to the shortage of jobs. in Uganda, ”he said.
Obono was the third born in a family of eight.
His body was taken to the Apac hospital morgue for an autopsy.
“As a clan, we will have a meeting tomorrow (Saturday) to prepare for his burial,” said Mr. Obaa, a teacher.
5th Division Army spokesman Lt. Hassan Ahamed Kato said: “There were four who collapsed during our fitness run and of the four, one by the name of Obono Ronald is deceased. Obono died of hypoxia, a condition in which the body or an area of the body is deprived of an adequate supply of oxygen to the tissues.
The three, who were rushed to nearby Apac main hospital for medication, have already been released from the hospital.
“But before we took them to the hospital, we first gave them first aid. So it was really, really unfortunate that we lost Obono Ronald. Our doctors and the team tried everything to save his life, but we couldn’t save him. Our deepest condolences and sympathy go out to the family of Mr. Obono Ronald, ”said Lieutenant Kato.
However, the military spokesman said they always told their candidates to be in good physical shape. This is because the military normally subjects applicants to a physical aptitude test, which requires a healthy candidate due to the nature of the maximum requirement required.
The new Ugandan People’s Defense Force (UPDF) recruitment exercise of 1,300 LDU members from central, eastern, northern and central-western Uganda began on July 15 across the country.
Last year, at the height of anarchy in the country, President Museveni ordered the recruitment of 24,000 LDUs to provide security around the districts of Kampala and Wakiso, in addition to the installation of security cameras. in the streets. However, only 6000 UDL were recruited.
Last week, the Ugandan People’s Defense Force launched the second recruitment exercise in different centers across the country, aiming to recruit 3,000 young people.
Ahead of the exercise, UPDF ground forces spokesman Lt. Col. Henry Obbo said the 17-day recruiting exercise was aimed at strengthening security in the country.