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Amendment Of UPDF Act Divides Legislators

MP Dr. Abed Bwanika has led a section of legislators to ask government to amend the UPDF Act. He wants the new Act to provide new avenues under which Uganda can deploy its troops out of the country.

The legislators say in the new amendment, government should not first seek permission from Parliament to deploy its forces outside the country.

However, in Article 210 of the Constitution, deployment of troops outside Uganda can only happen after parliament’s approval.

In addition, Section 39 (3) of the UPDF Act also allows the deployment of the forces outside the country subject to Parliamentary approval.

Some MPs argue that the amendment should provide an avenue for government to only notify Parliament. This should be through the Defence and Internal Affairs Committee without debating the matter in the plenary. However, a section of opposition legislators said they will not support Bwanika’s proposal.

Government is today will officially inform Parliament about UPDF’s deployment in DR Congo, a week after Uganda and DRC launched offensives to flush out suspected ADF rebels.

UPDF went to DR Congo without the approval of Parliament and without its knowledge. This has been an issue in the house since last week. Today, however, a lot of questions will get answers since they are holding a formal communication.

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