MPs chal­lenge the con­tin­u­ous pres­ence of the UPDF rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Par­lia­ment

MPs have de­bated the re­port on the Con­sti­tu­tion (Amend­ment) Bill, 2019 which also pro­poses for the con­tin­ued rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the army officers in Par­lia­ment arguing that it’s a partisan role. 

Under Articles 208 and 209 of the Uganda Constitution, the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) is established and mandated to carry out the functions of defending and protecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Uganda, ensuring non-violability of peoples and individual rights, the rule of law, and good governance.

UPDF is part of the in­ter­est groups rep­re­sented in Par­lia­ment including the women, youth, and work­ers.

Members noted that there was a need to help the officers to con­tinue be­ing pro­fes­sional and not getting in­volved in par­ti­san pol­i­tics which can easily compromise their primary roles.

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