Kadaga Recalls Parliament Over UPDF South Sudan Deployment

Speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga
Speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has recalled Parliament from recess to discuss the deployment of Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) in South Sudan.

Hellen Kawesa, the Parliament’s Public Relations Officer, confirms the recall saying that Parliament will reconvene on Tuesday January 14, almost a month after the government hurriedly deployed special forces in Juba following the outbreak of fighting in that country on December 15. At least 1000 people have been killed and close to 200,000 others are displaced since the fighting started on December 15.

Kawesa noted that the issue of discussion is the UPDF deployment in South Sudan and that the communication has already been sent to MPs through their e-mails, SMS messages and notices in Parliament.

UPDF soldiers.
UPDF soldiers.

According to a notice to all members of parliament dated 9th January 2014 by the clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirige, the sitting is scheduled for January 14th at 10am in the parliamentary chambers.

Kibirige says the recall is in accordance with Article 210 of the Constitution and Section 39 of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces Act, 2005. Article 210 (d) of the Constitution of Uganda provides that Parliament approves deployment of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) in a foreign country and Section 39 of the UPDF Act allows the President to deploy troops outside Uganda for purposes of peace keeping or peace enforcement. The section however provides for such deployment to be done with the approval of parliament.

Some legislators have been critical of the South Sudan deployment saying it was never approved by Parliament as provided for under Article 210 of the constitution. But government has insisted that it deployed in Juba to help evacuate Ugandan nationals trapped in the conflict. Several opposition MPs have been pushing for the recall of Parliament saying that the Country’s army was illegally deployed and that government owes an explanation to the country for the deployment.

URN has also learnt of a letter written by President Yoweri Museveni to Speaker Rebecca Kadaga on UPDF deployment, received by the Speaker’s office on January 9, 2014 but dated December 24, 2013. The letter apparently was communicating the deployment and the reasons why the deployment was made.

In the letter, President Museveni asks Kadaga to recall Parliament to discuss the deployment and also approve the presence of UPDF in the war-torn country.

Parliament broke off for recess on December 20, 2013 and was supposed to resume business on February 18, 2014.

5 thoughts on “Kadaga Recalls Parliament Over UPDF South Sudan Deployment

    1. Ssesanga, I have always read your presentations and wondered. In which world do you live in? You are hardly ever pragmatic in you presentations, using a child’s photo as your avatar while you engage in divisive discourse, reflects poorly on your judgement and therefore, submissions. Which would seem to present us with an unfortunate question, “Can you be trusted to give informed and balanced suggestions”? Considering your use of innocents as a cover.

      1. Here is where u miss the point Kyoovu, from the child’s photo avatar perspective, it has completely nothing to do with balanced and informed arguments. Only if you chose to use it as a pivot to my engagements then, will it make you not to critically engage me responsibly. I don’t get you well if you consider me being not pragmatic yet being able to cause you react, remember pragmatism isn’t ideal at all, there are always several views, our choices reside in as far as we chose to blindly follow or not. This appears to be your case blind following, it’s deliberate and some how a tormentor to the follower. Enjoy your little and narrow box then. Oh, he is my son on there!! he has a stake in Uganda because of being a Ugandan, and am responsible for his futures preparations, a good and livable Uganda.

  1. Museveni should never be allowed by Parliament to deploy Soldiers of UPDF to South Sudan because his intentions of sending Soldiers are dubious.Why is he interested in going to fight instead of discussing peace.To Hell with his wishes.

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