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Kadaga Backs Removal of Army Generals From Cabinet

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case http://chuckatuckhistory.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-product-factory.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>While speaking at this year’s National Conference on the Constitution organised by a number of civil society organisations at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala on Friday, http://cs4all.nyc/wp-includes/class-wp-comment-query.php the Speaker pointed out that this was becoming a cause of confusion in the country which called for necessary legal redress.


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“It’s true our constitution has quite a number of areas that require review, key among which is the issue you have been raising about the appointment of serving soldiers in the cabinet,” she said.


She then added: “It has been an inconceivable source of confusion to us. On one hand, you have the constitution directing you to ensure that these people are in the House, but at the same time, the very constitution forbids them from participating in politics.”


“How do you resolve these two contradictory commands? This has proven to be troublesome to us and I think that the earlier we get it out of the way, the better.”


President Yoweri Museveni’s appointment of former UPDF Chief of Defence Force, Gen Aronda Nyakairima earlier in July, was met with stiff confrontation from various lawmakers, civil society, opposition and a great portion of the public, who called for his resignation first from the Forces before being approved by parliament.

Gen Aronda Nyakairima addressing press

The calls fell on Museveni’s deaf ear as he was only to utilise his clout on the House to manipulate its Appointments Committee into giving green light to the General.


And with Museveni’s recent obstinate reappointment of Chief Justice Benjamni Odoki again amidst protests that he surpassed the required age limit, Observers have since prophesied jam-packed control and manipulation by the president of the entire three arms of government.


The event was also held to commemorate 18 years since the promulgation of the 1995 constitution and sought to engage members of the public on how to wipe out some of the flaws in the Supreme law of the land, that have for years facilitated abuse of power, human rights and deprivation of the masses by government leaders.


Hailing the civil society for the role it has played in influencing the rule of law in Uganda, fight against corruption and amplification of the voices of people at the grassroots, Kadaga called upon them to take the mantle to advocate for more of such constitutional reforms.


Against this back ground, Kadaga encouraged civil society organisations to keep the fire burning and avail all necessary support to parliament at the time of dealing with such matters of weightiness on the national polity.


“At all times, we will need support from you members of civil society, to continue agitating and ensuring that you don’t lose focus. Your struggle should be kept alive, and we want to hear you in the rural areas as well discussing some of these matters with the ordinary persons.”

The speaker also highlighted a dire need for the national constitution being translated in various local languages as a way of promoting civil awareness, whose lack, she said was to blame for a number of challenges currently facing the nation.

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