UPDF HEADQUARTERS: Minister Gen Edward Katumba Wamala, plus UPDF’s top commanders Gen David Muhoozi , Lt Gen Wilson Mbadi, Lt Gen Peter Elwelu and Lt Gen James Mugira have been elected to represent the army in the 11th parliament.
Minister General Elly Tumwine who was seeking a record sixth term, did not get the votes to make the top seven out of a list of 17.
Mugira, Muhoozi, Mbadi and Elwelu and are newcomers, while Katumba returns from the last parliament.
Dropped from the last parliament are Col Felix Kulayigye, former deputy Chief of Defence Forces, Lt Gen Ivan Koreta, Maj Gen Pecos Kutesa, Col Francis Takirwa, Lt Col Flavia Byekwaso and Capt Evelyn Asiimwe who were not even nominated for election this time by the Defence Council.
The Army MPs were elected on Friday by the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces Council at Land Forces Headquarters in Bombo.
Three on women slot include:
- Col Dr Victor Nekesa (a medical official at State House)
- Lt Col Charity Bainababo (Private aide of First Lady Janet Museveni).
- Maj Dr Jennifer Alanyo
The seven slots for male representatives were taken by:
- Gen David Muhoozi
- Gen Edward Katumba Wamala
- Lt Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi
- Lt Gen Peter Elwelu
- Lt Gen James Mugira
- Maj Gen Henry Matsiko
- Maj Gen Sam Kavuma
The Commander-in-Chief of the UPDF Gen Kaguta Museveni called upon the new members koof Parliament to support the seven key priority areas that include; equipping the army, roads, railway and water ways, electricity, health education, salaries for the scientists and the armed forces and wealth funds.
“Equipping our Armed Forces to be second to none in our region of Africa; and I will not compromise on that,” said Gen Museveni.
Museveni added that the Army MPs are in Parliament to be a conveyor belt for National issues and be listening posts.
He added that this is on the account of the history of Uganda which like some other African countries had become ungovernable and a failed state.