Moses Ali has skipped two vetting sessions after has been away battling diabetes and has been undergoing treatment.
The first deputy Prime Minister Moses Ali has commended the use of canes in dispersing rowdy crowds.
Ali has been speaking to journalists at the parliament of Uganda shortly after his vetting today, saying that caning is better than the use of tear gas which comes along with several side effects.
The Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kaihura came out last week to defend his men who were seen battering supporters to former FDC Presidential candidate, rtd Co Dr Kizza Besigye.
Although police actions have been treated with dreadful criticism, Ali says that it is a better option.
Gen Ali, the 1st Deputy premier, had been lined up to be vetted alongside fellow senior minsters Kirunda Kivejinja (2nd Deputy Premier), Janet Kataaha Museveni (Education), Muruli Mukasa (Public Service), Amelia Kyambadde (Trade, Industry and Cooperatives), Jeje Odongo (Internal Affairs), Vincent Ssempijja Bamulangaki (Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries) but said he had issues with pressure and diabetes. The General has a wound on the right leg resulting from his diabetic ailment but his office says his condition is currently under control.
Gen Ali, alongside Second Deputy Prime Minister Kirunda Kivejinja and Justice minister Kahinda Otafiire, are the longest-serving cabinet ministers in the NRM government.
In 1990 Gen Ali did a stint in Luzira prison on allegations of involvement in subversive activities but bounced back in Cabinet on release a year later.
Story reported by Ritah Namuwulya