By Watchdog reporter
Baganda politicians are angry with changes in the military which left Gen Katumba Wamala replaced as chief of defense forces.
Katumba Wamala was replaced by Gen David Muhoozi in the week dominated by reshuffles.
Leading Luganda stations including CBS, Radio Simba and Top Radio on Saturday criticized President Museveni for sacking Gen Wamala, a Muganda military General only three years into his term. Katumba Wamala in 2013 replaced Gen Aronda Nyakairima (late) who had been army commander for almost a decade.
While appearing on CBS 88.8fm, Masaka municipality legislator Matthias Mpuuga said the reshuffle made the national army look tribal. He also advised Gen Wamala to turn down the appointment as state minister Works, until he’s retired from the military. Mpuuga says it was illegal for an army man to be appointed minister.
There’s still a case in court against appointing a military person as minister.
Four years ago, government was taken to court against the appointment of Gen Aronda as internal affairs minister after he was relieved of his duties as CDF.
Makerere Law don Yusuf Nsibambi says the army lacks a national character thirty years after NRA stormed Kampala.
On Radio Simba, Butambala MP Muwanga Kivumbi advised Katumba to turn down the offer.
The voices angry with UPDF reshuffles included MP Lutamaguzi Semakula who wondered why Baganda officers are not featuring prominently at the top leadership of the military.
MP Simon Mulongo however explained on CBS that for the first time the top four positions were shared. He said CDF Muhoozi was a Munyankole, his deputy Wilson Mbadi was a Mukonjo, Lands forces commander Peter Elwelu was from Teso while air forces commander Lwanga Lutaaya was a Muganda.
Gen Wamala however has expressed discomfort with the uproar that has come with his removal from the helm of the military.
He told a television station that he was comfortable with the removal since he has worked his way up, and not by public opinion.