The Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) Council is expected to elect new Members of Parliament on Thursday at their headquarters in Bombo.
The event is going to be graced by the Commander-in-Chief, unhealthy http://creativecommons.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/brightcove.php Gen. Yoweri Museveni.
The army is among the four interest groups represented in the Parliament of Uganda with the remaining three being youths, viagra workers and the disables enshrined in the 1995 Constitution article 78(2)2.
The three groups have four slots each in the August house while the UPDF has 10 slots.
The UPDF lost one member last year – Gen. Aronda Nyakairima who was also the minister of Internal Affairs.
Only the ministerial position was filled after his sudden demise but the parliamentary seat that he occupied since 1996 remained vacant.
The army is finally getting a replacement today and also elects other 9 members.
The UPDF traditionally maintains its members in Parliament.
The replacements are always controversial as witnessed in the cases of former Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence boss Gen. Henry Tumukunde and former Coordinator of Military Intelligence, Gen. David Sejusa.
Tumukunde was forced to resign from Parliament in 2005 when he appeared on the Buganda own CBS radio and made what was considered politically inflammatory remarks.
After losing the Parliamentary immunity he was immediately arrested and incarcerated at the senior officers’ detention center in Kololo.
Meanwhile, Sejusa’s replacement was done in his absentia when he fled to the United Kingdom after authoring a controversial letter in April 2013.
Months later, the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga declared his seat vacant when he missed more than 15 house sittings without notifying the authority. Sejusa was replaced by Brig. Innocent Oula.
The current 9 UPDF MPs who are all expecting to return to the legislative assembly are Chief of Defense Forces, Gen. Katumba Wamala, his deputy Lt. Gen. Charles Angina, Gen. Elly Tumwiine, Maj. Gen. Julius Oketta, Maj. Gen. Phinehas Katirima, Brig. Innocent Oula among others.
When contacted on his prospects of returning to Parliament, Gen. Tumwiine spoke in parables.
“Dickens (referring to this reporter) have you ever cooked food? You don’t remove it when it’s not ready but you first wait until it is palatable and remove from fire then serve. Let’s wait for the right moment and talk about it,” he told ChimpReports.
A massive police operation in the Karuma Game Reserve in the western Kiryandongo district has led to the arrest of 3 ivory traffickers.
The operation was executed by local police with help from conservationists Natural Resource Conservation Network (NRCN).
This followed a tip to the authorities that some people were in possession 45kgs of ivory ready for transaction around Karuma.
The operation was mounted on 2nd March 2016 and culminated in the arrest of three people, what is ed http://conforms.com/wp-includes/class-wp-http-streams.php who indeed were found with 45kilos of mature elephant ivory.
The suspects were identified by police as Nicholas Ayoma, discount http://currencymeter.com/wp-admin/includes/class-ftp-sockets.php Stephen Alyon and Habib Kazomi; all residents of Ayuela village Kiryandongo District.
Upon arrest, capsule http://citybreakguide.ro/wp-includes/class-walker-comment.php Ayoma admitted that he got the contraband from a decomposing carcass several meters from his home after trailing a strange smell.
He then led the police officers, the team from NRCN and Uganda Wildlife Authority to the spot where the 6ton beast was found decomposing.
UWA officials upon examining the carcass deduced that the animal was poisoned about three weeks ago.
The arrested are currently being detained at Kiryandongo Police Station waiting to appear in the courts of law.
Dozens of elephants have been killed in recent years by villagers in the area, who regard the animals as pests that destroy their crops.
Elephants sometimes venture into populated areas searching for food due to destruction of their habitat, says Laban Muhindo the NRCN spokesperson.
“Some are shot or poisoned, while others are killed by poachers for their ivory.”