Major Gen Onesmus Pecos Kuteesa raised concern about the current sitting arrangement during the day orientation exercise of newly elected legislators. According to Kuteesa, the current sitting arrangement, which places them on the government side, puts them in a fix.
According to the constitution, UPDF is a non-partisan organ that is supposed to promote, protect and defend the interests of Ugandans irrespective of their party affiliation.
Major Gen Onesmus Pecos Kuteesa, one of the army representatives raised concern about the current sitting arrangement during the orientation exercise of newly elected legislators. According to Kuteesa, the current sitting arrangement, which places them on the government side, puts them in a fix.
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Gen. Ely Tumwine, another UPDF legislator, said there is need to create a separate space for the army representatives.
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He said their earlier attempts to distribute themselves to seat on both the opposition and government sides didn't yield results.
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A cross section of Opposition legislators welcomed the proposal for the creation of a neutral space for their army colleagues. Elijah Okupa, the Kasilo County MP, said the opposition has been making the same case over the same time.
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William Nzoghu, the Busongora North MP, says it is time that the army representatives in the Tenth parliament portray a clear picture of what they stand for. He said that it would be fair for the officers to be given seats in the middle of the chambers of parliament.
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Bugweri County MP, Abdu Katuntu says the question of where the army representatives sit has be on since the sixth parliament.
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