The Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA) has applauded President Yoweri Museveni for appointing a woman to be the national army spokesperson.
Addressing journalists at Parliament on Monday, the UWOPA programs coordinator, Mary Harriet Lamunu said the appointment of Brig. Flavia Byekwaso to speak both for the Uganda Peoples Defense Force and the Ministry of Defense and Veterans Affairs, is a huge development that they are going to celebrate.
“We at UWOPA celebrate the appointment of Brig. Flavia Byekwaso to such an important task in the UPDF and the Defense Ministry,” said Lamunu.
She added that the appointment exhibits the level of trust the appointing authority and the army have in women.
“Brigadier General (Byekwaso) is also a member of the UWOPA executive committee and very hardworking. Her appointment comes handy and shows the level of trust the UPDF and the appointing authority has in women,” added Lamunu.
Brig. Byekwaso, 48, also a Member of Parliament representing the army, was on Saturday announced the new army spokesperson replacing Brig. Richard Karemire who has been sent to the East African Secretariat as a liaison officer.
Lamunu, however, appealed to the president to appoint more women in bigger positions since many have proven track records.
“We continue to appeal to the appointing authorities to consider more women in bigger positions as many have proved to be good leaders,” she said.
The highest ranking UPDF soldier is Lt. Gen. Proscovia Nalweiso, just one rank below the Commander-in-Chief, Gen. Museveni and a few other generals. The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defense and Veteran Affairs is also a woman in the names of Rosette Byengoma.