Sejusa Weighs In On Aronda Saga

prescription geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>“Gen Aronda Nyakairima was removed from the command and he has now been appointed as Minister of Internal Affairs. But article 208 of the Constitution and others tells us that the army is supposed to be non partisan. Yet the minister is supposed to implement a manifesto of the partisan party in power, viagra order ” said Sejusa.

page geneva;”>He made the remarks on Wednesday while appearing on the Straight Talk Africa show on Voice of America on Wednesday night.

Sejusa’s statement comes at a time when Parliament is sitting for the third time in two weeks to resolve the controversies surrounding Aronda’s appointment.

MPs on the Appointments Committee have insisted that Gen Aronda must first retire from the army as provided for by the Constitution before his ministerial job can get a green light.

However, President Yoweri Museveni has stuck to the Attorney General Peter Nyombi’s view that there is no law that requires Aronda to first quit the army before he can be appointed Minister.

This has created legal gymnastics and a huge public debate, with activists warning that Aronda’s appointment would contravene key provisions in the Constitution and also open gates for active army officers to participate in partisan politics.

Gen Sejusa, who recently claimed that Aronda and himself were among army officers targeted for assassination for opposing the idea of Brig Muhoozi Kainerugaba succeeding his father, President Museveni, further alleged that UPDF is not a professional army.

“What is happening in unprofessionalising the army. Professionalization of the UPDF is not quantum physics…the army is partisan yet it should subscribe to civilian authority. We are seeing the return of panda gari and roadblocks,” said Sejusa.

He further said “It is extremely difficult to leave the military. You can only leave the military in three ways in ?‎Uganda. Maybe if you are dead. We had a person called Ezaruk who died at 80 and he was still a serving officer. And there are many of that nature.”

He added the second and third ways to leave the UPDF if one is too sick to challenge Mr Museveni’s projects of power or if you can do his bidding.

The Appointments Committee on Monday deferred Aronda’s vetting to Thursday this week to allow time for consultations of legal experts on the matter.


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