Generals are Generals – Speaker Kadaga on Gen Tumwine-Angina confrontation.
Speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga has rejected a call by some members of parliament to have parliament condemn the acts of security minister Elly Tumwine when he confronted Lt. General Angina over land dispute in Muyenga.
Last week gen Elly Tumwine allegedly warned Lt.general Charles Angina who is the deputy coordinator of operation wealth creation to stop tarnishing the name of the army by involving the army in the land dispute between businessman Godfrey Kirumira and a one doctor Ben Khingi.
The row between the two is said to be over a road and Tumwine is allegedly accusing Angina of deploying police and the army to support Dr. Khingi in opening up the boundaries of the contested land.
The matter of concern was raised by Kasilo county mp Elijah Okupa who noted that the tone and language the Security Minister used was humiliated a fellow general and wondered why Gen.Tumwine didn’t summon Angina instead of publically humiliating him.
However, UPDF Representative, Pecos Kutesa questioned the mandate of Parliament to inquire into the conduct of army officials, saying issues of the army shouldn’t be discussed by civilians.
This was criticized by some legislators who included Solomn Silwany and Jacqueline Amongin who said it would be sad for Parliament to simply fold its hands and watch as soldiers are humiliated.
This prompted the another UPDF representative in parliament Falvia Byekwaso to clarify that Angina was being castigated for deploying soldiers at night and engage in them in land dispute which is outside the mandate of UPDF.
This prompted the speaker to stop debate as parliament did not have enough information on the matter.