AUGUST 19, 2009: GoU Sued Over Top Army Jobs

Government is Sued Over Top Army Jobs

SOURCE: New Vision

By Josephine Maseruka

Kampala — A private company and an official of the Uganda Peoples' Congress (UPC) have dragged the Government to the Constitutional Court over the composition of the army's top leadership, saying it is mainly drawn from Ankole region.

The petitioners, Advocates Pro Bono Group Limited, and UPC communication officer Benson Ogwang, argue that nepotism in the UPDF contravenes Article 208 (2) of the Constitution. The article provides that the UPDF shall have a national character.

They also say it contravenes Article 21 of the Constitution, which says there should be equality and freedom from discrimination.

The petitioners contend that all five generals in the UPDF come from the Ankole region and neighbouring districts. They name them as President Yoweri Museveni, Salim Saleh, Elly Tumwine, Aronda Nyakairima and David Tinyefuza.

They also argue that there exists preferential training, recommendation, appointment and promotion of army officers from Ankole region as opposed to the other 15 regions.

The petitioners further say the key administrative and operational posts in the UPDF are mostly occupied by people from Ankole or neigbouring districts...

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