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Defence minister Adolf Mwesige and other officials appear before the Defence Committee of Parliament
Defence minister Adolf Mwesige and other UPDF officials appear before the Defence Committee of Parliament last year. Courtesy photo

Chaos as Minister Mwesige Refuses to 'Salute' Defense Committee

“You have never been and will never be my boss at any one time,” Mwesige retaliated
posted onApril 2, 2019

By Max Patrick Ocaido

The parliamentary committee on Defence and Internal Affairs on Tuesday ended prematurely after MPs and State Minister for Defence Adolf Mwesige disagreed on “who is the other’s boss.”

Minister Mwesige along with other officials from the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs and high ranking army officers were meeting the parliamentary committee on their ministerial policy statement.

During the debate, Mwesige was accused by the MPs of being arrogant and disrespectful while responding to the queries.

It all started when Hassan Kaps Fungaroo, Obongi County MP asked Minister Mwesige to respect the committee because “they are his bosses.”

This did not go well with the minister who responded in objection thus, prompting tempers to flare from both camps. “By saying that we are your bosses, I imply that we are your supervisors because parliament is the supervisor of all the ministries and in particular this committee on Defence supervises the ministry of Defence. So when they come here it is the relationship between the supervisor and the supervisee. So they must salute us. This arrogance from Hon Adolf Mwesige has never been seen,” Fungaroo said as he asked for the minister to respect the committee.

However, Mwesige declined to acknowledge the MPs as his bosses resulting in a chaotic meeting as the Committee chairperson Doreen Amule struggled to put the meeting into order.

“You have never been and will never be my boss at any one time,” Mwesige retaliated.

MPs Theodore Ssekikubo, Mubarak Munyagwa, and Francis Zaake were embroiled into a verbal exchange as the meeting completely slipped out of order until Ssekikubo moved a motion for the committee chairperson to adjourn the meeting to allow the Defence ministry officials return in calm and also prepare the missing documents. Committee chair Amule adjourned the meeting to April 11, 2019.

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