Aronda‘s Fate To Be Sealed Today


pill geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>Parliament is today expected to decide whether Aronda can serve as a Cabinet Minister before retiring from the army.

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viagra dosage geneva;”>The Appointments Committee, chaired by Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, recently resolved to defer Aronda’s vetting process and incoming State Health Minister, Elioda Tumwesigye, pending further consultations with President Museveni.

Army officers are required by law to present their discharge certificates before being cleared for a public office appointment.

But Aronda’s vetting has touched off a political storm and legal gymnastics, with the Attorney General insisting there is no law that bars the former army commander from taking over the ministerial position while still serving in the UPDF.

However, a section of MPs, civil activists and politicians have since warned Parliament against approving Aronda as minister before retiring from the army, saying such a move would be a breach of the Constitution and setting a dangerous precedent for the country.

PDP president, Dr. Abed Bwanika says if parliament endorses Gen. Aronda as the Minister of Internal Affairs, it “will be the beginning of a military coup in the country.”

Bwanika further notes that the UPDF Act clearly provides that no armed serving official shall be allowed to serve in government until they have retired.

“If Aronda is still serving in the army, it will be clear that now the army has come out of the Barracks to take over power from the government,” charged Bwanika.

Aronda is yet to be officially released from the army.

Bwanika said the “Constitution mandates that an army officer should not be involved in partisan politics but this shows that if he becomes a minister, he will by all means be forced to attend the NRM caucus and work hand in hand with the NRM party to enforce its interests.”

He added: “Article 208 demands that every soldier should be neutral in his line of operation and therefore the Parliament should come out and inform president Museveni that on all grounds, the former CDF should not be passed as a minister of Internal Affairs not until he resigns from the army,” he added.

President Yoweri Museveni has twice met the Appointments Committee over the drama surrounding Aronda’s appointment.

Activists have accused the President of arm-twisting MPs to tow his line and approve Aronda’s appointment.

Impeccable sources say the NRM-dominated committee is set to give the army man a green light to serve in Cabinet.


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