A UPDF general and also a Member of Parliament representing the army is quitting the national assembly.
ChimpReports has exclusively learnt that Maj. Gen. Julius Oketta who has served as the army representative in Parliament for two terms since 2005 is not seeking re-election in the poll taking place on Friday.
The election for army MPs was supposed to take place on Thursday but was later postponed by the Electoral Commission on the request made by President Yoweri Museveni who is also the Commander-in-Chief.
We understand that Gen Oketta, viagra 40mg http://dentistryatthepark.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php whose prominence in the army started as early as 1989 when he became the NRA’s 6th Division Commander just three years after the group had captured Kampala, treatment is quitting his coveted position to concentrate on the Operation Wealth Creation.
The general, who hails from Amuru, according to our military sources, is joining the president’s younger brother, Gen Salim Saleh who is the Chairman of the program that is advancing wealth creation through commercialised agriculture.
Oketta who also serves as the Director National Emergency and Coordination in the Office of the Prime Minister is as well going to divide the better part of time for another responsibility at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
In October 2013 Museveni nominated General Oketta to join the advisory group of the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), a position endorsed by the international body’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
He is expected to take active role in the UN relief project that is directly under the office of the Secretary General.
When contacted by phone on Thursday night, Oketta confirmed that he is leaving Parliament for other assignments.
“It is true I am not seeking re-election back in Parliament. I am taking other assignments,” he said on phone.
The army is now going to look for replacements of Oketta and the late Gen Aronda Nyakairima.
Gen Oketta’s Profile
From 1989 until 1993, he served as the Division Commander of the 6th Division of the National Resistance Army (NRA).
From 2001 until 2003, he served as the Chief of Logistics and Engineering in the UPDF.
In 2003, he was the Uganda Liaison Officer, in the Republic of Sudan. Following that, he became Head of the Procurement and Disposal Unit at the Uganda Ministry of Defense.
He is currently occupying the position of the Director of the National Emergency Coordination and Operations Center, in the Office of the Prime Minister.
He also serves as a Member of Parliament, representing the UPDF. In parliament, he is a member of the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises.
In September 2014, Oketta was nominated to join the African Union-led humanitarian mission to address the threat of the Ebola virus to the continent.
The mission, code-named Africa Union Support to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA), is based in Ethiopia.
He was awarded a medal of honour by the President of Liberia for his endless efforts in the fight against Ebola.
The wife of Forum for Democratic Change Presidential Candidate Mrs Winnie Byanyima has reminded the Supreme Court that that the country and the rest of the world will be watching closely as it determines an election petition filed this week by one of the aggrieved presidential candidates in last month’s election John Patrick Amama Mbabazi.
Mrs Byanyima, cialis 40mg http://clintonhouse.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-taxonomy-endpoint.php who is also the Oxfam International Executive Director, this site http://darkfey-temple.org/wp-admin/includes/class-plugin-upgrader.php sounded the pithy warning last evening after the court announced that 9 of its judges will be in charge of the case where Mbabazi challenges the results of the February 18th poll.
“Ugandan youths and the world are watching Chief Justice (Bart) Katureebe and Supreme Court judges, rx ” she tweeted.
The judges, together with the petitioner and respondents President Yoweri Museveni, the Electoral Commission and the Attorney General are expected on Monday to attend the pre-hearing conference on Monday, which is the first stage of the hearing of the petition.
Two previous similar petitions in which Byanyima’s husband Col Dr Kizza Besigye challenged the 2001 and 2006 presidential elections were thrown out by the Supreme Court, on grounds that there wasn’t sufficient evidence that his alleged malpractices had a significant impact on the final result announced by the electoral commission.
This raised a number of questions about the court, as one of its judges Justice George Kanyeihamba came out a few years later to confess that the judges erred while passing their judgment.
According to Mrs Byanyima, Hon Mbabazi’s petition regardless of the court’s decision will put in the open the irregularities that marred the just concluded elections.
Meanwhile, the Oxfam International head was not impressed by President Museveni’s gesture of warmly welcoming Mr Mbabazi lawyers at his home in Entebbe to serve him with the court papers.
This she said was not the best measure of the democracy as some NRM defenders seemed to suggest over social media.
She stressed that democracy would have to be measured by the independence of the judges, the ruling and respect of the court procedures.
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More than 200,000 people in Wakiso district are expected to benefit from improved access to safe water at the facility.
The underground tanks were a request from the hospital, which sought to bring efficiency to its operations by harvesting rain water to supplement supplies from NWSC.
Speaking at the event, the EABL Supply Chain Director, Peter Vogtlander expressed joy at fulfilling last year’s promise to deliver the underground tank, filtration, pump and treatment system.
“We are embarking on the expansion plan and very soon we shall fulfil our promise with the second 100,000 capacity tank to meet the hospital requirements,” he added
Entebbe Grade B hospital is the only government hospital serving people in Wakiso including the islands of Lake Victoria.
The hospital is strategically located near the Entebbe International Airport. It is expected to handle any eventualities including crashes at the airport.
Commissioning the water project, the state Minister of Health, Hon. Chris Baryomunsi said “Uganda Breweries has displayed great corporate citizenship by providing this facility to the people of Entebbe.”
He added: “As a ministry, one of our major challenges is managing our resources to bring down bills in order to afford proper healthcare and sanitation for our people. Today I am delighted to join hands with Uganda Breweries and say thank you for helping us in our struggle to deliver a health services to all Ugandans.”
The hospital Medical Superintendent, Dr. Moses Muwanga commended UBL for this extra support and thanked the Ministry of health for allowing the partnership with the Brewery in support of the health sector in initiatives like these.
“Hospitals cannot run without water which is paramount in every section. Over the last year that we have had this facility, we have managed to reduce our water bills considerably and at the same time we have had more water than usual to carry out our functions,” he said.