Parliament Approves Gen. Wamala and 11 Ambassadors

Parliament Approves Gen. Wamala and 11 Ambassadors

By Serestino Tusingwire

Parliament’s appointments committee has approved the appointment of General Katumba Wamala as state minister for works in spite of the fact that he is a serving military officer.

Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, who chairs the committee, objected to calls from opposition members to drop Gen. Katumba on the grounds that he was a serving UPDF officer.

Speaker however referred to the precedent set when another serving UPDF officer, the late General Aronda Nyakairima, was approved as internal affairs minister in 2013.

According to Gen. Wamala, being a Member of Parliament means that he has qualifications to serve as the minister.

“A serving military officer can be at any one time seconded to a department, an agency or a body to the government. It also provides that despite that secondment, the person will still remain a subject to UPDF. So that’s why am not required to retire because am on secondment,” Gen. Wamala said.

The committee also approved the appointment of 11 new ambassadors.

These included; Mohamed Kezaala, Chrispus Kiyonga, Brig. Ronnie Balya and Phoebe Otaala Awere among others.

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