Col Innocent Oula, the Chief of Personnel and Administration, has been elected army representative in Parliament in the just concluded elections at Bombo Military Barracks. Oula beat four other candidates to the seat that fell vacant following the expulsion of General David Sejusa from parliament.
Oula beat four other candidates to the seat that fell vacant following the expulsion of General David Sejusa from parliament.
Oula polled 62 votes defeating Major General Joram Mugume who came second with 56 votes. Brigadier Jacob Musajjawaza came third with 51 votes followed by Lt General Andrew Guti with 34 votes. Maj Kakuru Katto came last with 26 votes.
Lieutenant General Andrew Guti is the former commander of the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom), while Major General Joram Mugume is the former deputy army commander and commander of land forces. Brigadier Jacob Musajjawaza is the former chief of production and welfare.
President Museveni arrived at Bombo Military barracks at around 11:10am after senior army officers had arrived at the place. UPDF and Defence spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda said 274 members of the UPDF Defence Forces Council were Bombo for the election.
A graduate of Kenya National Defence College, Oula served in the UPDF 4th Division and later as Chief of Staff for the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom). He also coordinated zonal forces in Lango sub-region at the height of the Lord’s Resistance Army insurgency in the late 1990s and early 2000s. As a junior officer in the 1990s Oula worked in the Special Revenue Protection Services under the command of the current Inspector General of Police, General Kale Kayihura.
Oula was part of the government team at the 2006 Juba Peace Talks and a director of training in second between 2009 and 2011.
The new MP was on the panel of the controversial field court martial that tried Corporal James Omedio and Private Abdullah Muhammed who were executed for killing Reverend Father Michael O’toole Declan in Kotido in March 2002. The court was chaired by the then 3rd division commander, Col Sula Ssemakula.
The army council of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) presided over by President Yoweri Museveni, sat at Bombo Military Barracks to elect General Sejusa’s replacement.
General Sejusa was last year kicked out of Parliament after skipping at least 15 sittings without permission from the Speaker. Parliament last year unanimously agreed to throw out the controversial General following a report by the Rules, Discipline and Privileges Committee that Sejusa was guilty of absconding from parliament without official leave and without any valid explanation to the Speaker of Parliament.
This comes almost nine months after Sejusa went into exile in May last year after authoring a document linking President Museveni to an alleged plan to eliminate political and military leaders opposed Brigadier Muhoozi Kainerugaba’s rise to the presidency. Brigadier Muhoozi, the Commander of the Special Forces, is President Museveni’s son.