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Gen Aronda Warns Opposition

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side effects http://davescheapbikes.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sync/class.jetpack-sync-sender.php geneva; font-size: small;”>Legislators had vehemently opposed Aronda’s appointment, order http://decksplushouston.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-links-list-table.php saying the Constitution requires army officers to retire from the army before taking over political positions.

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But the Parliament’s Appointments Committee, with the blessing of legal opinions from the Attorney General and independent Uganda Law Society (ULS) managed to approve Aronda for the new job.

Aronda received the instruments of power from his predecessor, Hilary Onek at a brief ceremony held at the Ministry’s headquarters along Jinja Road in Kampala on Tuesday.

The UPDF General’s appointment comes at a time when government is implementing the national identity card project which is considered national security scheme.

With his vast experience in security, Aronda is expected to ensure the scheme is not infiltrated by the country’s enemies.

He will also be tasked with chairing national security committees that bring together Police and other security organizations.

Aronda will also be charged with the task of drawing strategies aimed at safeguarding the internal security of the country.

Warning

Speaking after receiving the instruments of power, Aronda sternly warned opposition political parties against holding “chaotic demonstrations especially in Kampala.”


“The massive demonstrations in Kampala should be condemned. Those who claim to have a right to hold rallies should also consider rights of other people they are violating,” said Aronda.


“I am ready to support police to ensure security of the state. We cannot tolerate instability in the country,” warned the General.


Aronda said he would ensure a complete protection of “majority’s rights and freedoms against individual rights.”


Aronda, who last year warned opposition groups against violence, further cautioned NGOs against fuelling political instability.


He instructed the NGO board “to be vigilant as you register these NGOs and to always ensure close monitoring of their activities.”


The Minister vowed to ensure “service delivery and scrutiny in all sectors of the ministry “because we are living in a service-oriented society.”

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