July 16, 2013

Gen. Aronda’s Fate to be Decided Thursday

Former Army commander General Aronda Nyakairima once again appeared before the Parliamentary appointments committee on Monday for vetting but the committee deferred the final decision on his approval on Thursday this week.

Gen. Aronda Briefly Appearing before the Appointments committee
Gen. Aronda Briefly Appearing before the Appointments committee the first time

General Aronda was nominated by President Museveni for a ministerial post of Internal Affairs.

The committee chaired by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga decided to defer his appointment at 7:30pm to do further consultations with Uganda Law Society, Attorney General and Legal Team of parliament on legal issues pertaining his appointment.

This was the second time the committee decided to defer his appointment for consultations the first being with the president.

The Leader of Opposition Nandala Mafabi revealed that the Committee will sit on Thursday to put legal issues to order.

Earlier General Aronda was locked up in the vetting room for over two hours and after the committee deliberated for twenty minutes whether to approve him or not before coming up with the decision.

Shortly after appearing before the vetting committee, General Aronda refused to say much about the vetting process but said that he had interacted with the members of the committee, answered questions and that the responsibility of communicating the outcome lay with the committee and parliament.

MP Ken Lukyamuzi, who was privileged to sit in the committee as an interested member but could not contribute or vote, noted that a constitutional matter cannot be confidential and that Aronda’s appointment had constitutional implications.

He further revealed that the committee could not approve Aronda’s appointment because article 208 requires a serving army officer not to be partisan, article 205 that provides that a Minister is presented as a political leader and article 111 (2) of the Constitution of Uganda.

Since the appointment of General Aronda by president Museveni as a Minister of Internal Affairs, the Parliamentary appointment’s committee has found it difficult to approve the general with the argument that he has not resigned as an officer in the army and the constitution states that an army officer to serve in a political position has to first resign his service in the army.

This was Aronda’s second appearance before the committee; the first time his vetting was deferred pending further consultations with the President which the committee did twice at State house Entebbe.

Meanwhile MP Ellioda Tumwesigye for Sheema County has been finally approved by the same committee and now stands as a Junior Minister of Health in charge of General Duties.

Tumwesigye’s approval by the committee has come after awhile since his nomination by the president and the committee was against it saying his appointment showed regional imbalance that the president kept appointing people in the same region for ministerial posts.

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