The chairperson of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) Caucus in the Ugandan Parliament, General Elly Tumwine, has dismissed reports that the army is divided.
Asked during the NBS TV morning breeze whether the UPDF was divided into two over the political situation in the country, the General said the national army was still acting as single unit.
“We have one army,” he stated and dismissed the topic.
Tumwine, a senior UPDF official and former army commander said the UPDF is purposely in Parliament for harmonization.
“The army is still relevant in Parliament because it has worked.”
He added: “Court didn’t throw us [UPDF] out. It had issues with process taking us there and that has been solved by Parliament.”
In September 2015, the Constitutional Court declared that the presence of representatives for the army, youth and workers in Parliament is unconstitutional.
The ruling was drafted by a Coram of five judges and read by justice Remmy Kasule on behalf of the panel consisting of; Augustine Nshimye, Ruby Opio , Richard Buteera, Fredrick Egonda-Ntende.
The judges unanimously agreed that the MP’s continued stay in the August House was illegal.
The ruling followed a series of petitions filed in 2010 by a group of ‘concerned’ voters contesting the procedures that government uses in electing MP’s for the special interest groups.
However, Gen Tumwine insists that in Parliament, UPDF not only listens but also tells politicians when there is danger and offers direction.