Lieutenant Andrew Guti, the former commander of the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom), is on the list of nominees to replace General David Sejusa as army representative in Parliament. A source at Bombo Military Barracks told Uganda Radio Network that the five-man list also has former deputy army commander Major General Joram Mugume and Brigadier Jacob Musajjawaza, former chief of production and welfare.
A source at Bombo Military Barracks told Uganda Radio Network that the five-man list also has former deputy army commander Major General Joram Mugume and Brigadier Jacob Musajjawaza, former chief of production and welfare. Others are Col Innocent Oula, who until recently was Amisom Chief of Staff and Major Kakuru Kato.
The army council of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) presided over by President Yoweri Museveni, is sitting at Bombo Military Barracks to elect General Sejusa’s replacement.
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 on the micro-blogging site, twitter, that 274 members of the UPDF Defence Forces Council are already in Bombo for the election. Electoral Commission Chairman Dr Badru Kiggundu is officiating at the exercise.
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.
Before going to Somalia to head the overall Amisom operations against the al Shabaab fighters, General Guti served as Commandant of the Senior Staff College, Kimaka and third division commander. Major General Mugume was deputy army commander between 1998 and 2001, when General Jeje Odongo was heading the army. He later served as commander of the land forces.
At Bombo, journalists were barred from covering the ongoing election exercise. An officer at the gate who declined to reveal his identity asked the journalists to present invitations to be allowed at the ‘’polling station’’ or at the election hall. The officer added that the elections were only to be covered by Presidential Press Unit and Defense Force Communication Unit but advised the journalists to seek more guidance from Army Spokesperson Paddy Ankunda or other senior officers for clearance. The Officer later asked the journalists to wait outside barracks for a briefing after the exercise. Ankunda had told the URN Reporter that the accreditation of media was entirely in the hands of Special Force Command because of President’s security and was uncertain they will allow anyone in the election hall. Electoral Commission Spokesperson Jotham Taremwa who is at the barracks also promised to brief the journalists later after the elections.