VETTING OF AMBASSADORS AND A MINISTER GENERAL KATUMBA STARTS

By Francis Lubega

Parliament commenced the vetting process of the newly appointed ambassadors and the only minister of state for works General Edward Katumba Wamala whose appointment has been , questioned as a serving army officers to be appointed in a public service office that it would contravene the law.

The committee chaired by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga interfaced with among them, Katumba Wamala, and 11 other persons appointed to head Uganda's missions abroad and their contention similar to that of the late General Aronda Nyakayirima raised four years ago resurfaced however the interpretation of the Attorney general and  the Uganda Law Society all contended that once a person qualifies to be a Member of Parliament, he qualified for any other appointment and there is not law contrary to that.

In his response General Katumba said that his appointment was lawful citing Section 38 in the UPDF Act which provides that a serving military officer can be seconded to a department, agency or body of government and quickly added that he was ready to tackle corruption cases with in the works sector.

Others vetted today include Dr. Crispus Kiyonga, Uganda's ambassador designate to Beijing China, Barbara Nekesa Oundo- the Ambassador designate to South Africa, Ndoebe Otaala, the ambassador to Nairobi-Kenya and former Coordinator of Intelligence, Brig Ronnie Balya who was appointed Uganda’s ambassador to South Sudan.

After being vetted, Balya told media he was optimistic that Parliament will have him approved for the position, noting that he finds himself the best candidate for such a young nation which is so important for Uganda’s products both in goods and services.

Balya said once approved, he wants to improve diplomatic relations with South Sudan and work with the authorities to ensure the safety of Ugandans that work in South Sudan.