Saturday January 18 2014

Col Oula replaces Gen Sejusa as army MP


Kampala- The acting Chief of Personnel and Administration, Col Innocent Oula, was yesterday elected army representative in Parliament to replace Gen David Sejusa.

The election was held at the UPDF Land Forces headquarters at Bombo Barracks.
Five candidates contested for the seat in an election that started at 9am after President Museveni handed a list of candidates to the Electoral Commission chairman, Eng Badru Kiggundu.

Col Oula got 62 votes followed by the former deputy Chief of Defence Forces Maj Gen Joram Mugume (56). The chief of production, Brig Jacob Musajjawaza, was third with 51 votes.

The former commander of the Ugandan peace contingent to the African Union Mission in Somalia, Lt Gen Andrew Guti, came fourth with 34 votes. Maj Kato Kakuru trailed with 26 votes. Mr Jotham Taremwa, the Electoral Commission spokesperson, described the election as having been free and fair.

UPDF representatives are voted by the members of the Army Council, comprised of Division, Brigade and Battalion commanders, heads of chieftaincies and directorates.

The names were nominated by the Chief of Defence Forces and approved by the President.

The parliamentary seat was declared vacant last month after the renegade Gen Sejusa missed 15 consecutive sittings.

Gen Sejusa fled to UK last year after authoring a letter asking the Director of Internal Security Organisation to investigate allegations of a plot to assassinate senior government and army officers opposed to the “Muhoozi project”.

The project is in reference to an alleged scheme by President Museveni to groom his son, Brig Muhoozi Kainerugaba, to succeed him as President.

The government has denied such a scheme exists. President Museveni has said Gen Sejusa committed treason.

Col Innocent Oula, UPDF acting Chief of Personnel and Administration
Background. He was the 4th Division Commander before he was appointed UPDF Chief of Personnel and Administration in 2013. He has served as Chief of Staff of the AMISOM, as well as working as chief of inspectorate in 2011.