Parliament Clears CDF & 11 Ambassadors
The appointments committee of parliament has confirmed all candidates before it, to take up their new positions.
Among those cleared is Former Chief of Defence Forces Gen Edward Katumba Wamala, confirmed as minister of State for Works and eleven others appointed as ministers.
A source that attended proceedings of the closed door engagement told Parliament Watch that all officers were cleared.
“There was nothing un-usual, so all those who appeared were cleared, our recommendation to the appointing authority (President Musevni) is that all candidates are fit for their positions,” the source said.
Meanwhile, Gen Wamala defended his appointment as minister despite his status as a serving military officer.
He cited section 38 of the UPDF Act, which he said allows active military officers to be appointed to other government positions.
“The provision is very clear, that a serving military officer or personnel can at any one time can be seconded to department, an agency or a body of government,” he said.
The appointment of serving military officers raised protracted debate in 2013, following the appointment of Gen Aronda Nyakairima (RIP) as minister of Internal Affairs after his reshuffle from the position of Army Commander.
On July 23, 2013 Mr Eron Kiiza a city lawyer together with Ndorwa East MP Wilfred Nuwagaba asked the Constitutional court to give legal interpretation of a serving military officer to be appointed a cabinet something that is yet to be determined.
Although the case is yet to be determined, Gen Wamala said there was nothing partisan, serving in a government position. Another serving officer Brig Ronnie Barya, the former Coordinator of Intelligence was named Uganda’s Ambassador to South Sudan.
Barya told reporters at Parliament that he was a revolutionary cadre, ready to be deployed anywhere despite his military position.
“It does not matter, I can still serve even if I am in UPDF, I can serve in any capacity…for us we are cadres of a revolution, whenever you are deployed, you are ready …am very ready and willing,” Barya said.
Others who were vetted and confirmed includes James Bahimba Uganda’s ambassador to Kinshasa, Dr Chrispus Kiyonga (Beijing) Sam Male (Cairo), Solomon Rulege (Guangzhou), Phibby Olaala Awere (Nairobi) and Rebeca Amuge Olengo posted to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.
Others are; Ruth Aceng ambassador to Ottawa, Nekesa Barbra Oundo posted to South Africa as well as Ocula Michael and Mohammed Kezaala, the deputy ambassadors in charge of special duties in the office of the president.