Parliament Suspends Aronda Vetting

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buy geneva;”>According to the Clerk to Parliament, Jane L Kibirige, “following consultations within the meeting before the vetting process commenced, the Appointments Committee, chaired by the Rt Hon Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, resolved to defer the vetting process of the two nominees pending further consultations with His Excellency the President of Uganda.”

She further said the new dates of the vetting process will be communicated in due course.

Impeccable sources say Aronda is yet to be officially release from the army.

Army officers are required to present their discharge certificates before being cleared by Parliament for a public office appointment.


The former army commander was named Minister for Internal Affairs last month to replace Hilary Onek.

While he handed over office to Gen Katumba Wamala, Aronda is yet to receive an official document signed by the President to confirm his retirement from the army.

Army publicist Lt Col Paddy Ankunda was not readily available for comment.

The development could be dramatic considering that Aronda at one time confirmed Defence Minister Crispus Kiyonga’s threats that the army could overthrow Parliament if MPs continued exhibiting “lack of seriousness.”

“We are going about our normal business. I can’t do more than what they said. The message was well taken for those to who it was intended. Stand warned. Stand advised. Should you not change course, other things will be brought into play. Let no one return to the past. We have seen enough, almost 25 years of turmoil,” warned Aronda during a press conference in January in Kampala.

The statements sparked off public outcry, with activists maintaining such threats undermined the country’s democratic credentials.

Aronda is not the first army officer to be rattled by the Parliamentary Appointments Committee.

State Minister for Defence Gen Jeje Odongo had a rough ride with MPs on the Committee as they insisted on receiving his discharge certificate before endorsing his ministerial position.

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