By Our Reporter
Legislators on the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs have recommended that a special committee of retired diplomats be set up to assist the president in nominating heads of missions.
In the report to parliament on the budget estimates for the ministry of foreign affairs for the financial year 2013/2014, the committee observed that political appointees have greatly affected the work at the missions abroad.
The legislators say that more career diplomats should be appointed to head the missions to enable them operate smoothly.
Member of this committee Jack Wamai Wamanga, a former deputy ambassador at Uganda’s Beijing mission, says many of the scandals at Uganda’s foreign missions have a lot to do with the caliber of the officers in those positions.
Wamanga says that career diplomats who have served the ministry for a long time should be the ones appointed instead of the president appointing political failures who go there and fight.