Museveni who has just started the sixth term as the President of Uganda is expected to appoint his new Cabinet soon, for vetting by the Appointments Committee. Before the January 2021 general election, Museveni’s cabinet had a total of 79 Ministers, out of which 29 where Ministers while 50 were State Ministers.
Some of those appointed in the new cabinet announced last evening include Kyaaka County MP Jackson Kafuuzi, appointed as the Deputy Attorney General, Ajuri County MP Denis Hamson Obua, the new State Minister for Sports, Usuk County MP Peter Ogwang, the Minister of State for ICT, Kakumiro Woman MP Robinah Nabbanja, the Minister of State for Health (General Duties) and Serere Woman MP Helen Adoa, the new Minister of State for Fisheries,among others.
In his speech delivered by his Prime Minister, Andrew Kirungi Byakutaga, the Omukama who looked to be in a jovial mood urged the new cabinet to work hard to promote Unity and development in the kingdom.
The letter came a few days after King Iguru reshuffled his cabinet on October 20th, 2018, almost ten months after he dissolved the old cabinet. In the reshuffle, the Omukama retained Andrew Kirungi Byakutaga as the substantive Prime Minister and minister in charge oil and gas.
Forum for Democratic Change FDC, the party with the majority opposition seats in parliament now holds mixed feelings about UPC and it is reported to be revising the shadow cabinet list to exclude UPC members who had been nominated to serve in different portfolios in the shadow cabinet.
Simon Nangiro, the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC coordinator Karamoja region asked Museveni to stop what he called exporting Ministers to Karamoja. Nangiro argues that the Karamojong also have brains to enable them perform as full cabinet ministers.
Tom Mboijana, a resident of Harukoto in Fort Portal, doubts if people from Tooro will benefit from the new appointees. According to Mboijana, it is the friends and relatives of the ministers who will gain from their appointment.
Emma Matovu, a resident of Kavule zone in Luweero town, says Muyingo ought to have been promoted to full Education and Sports Minister because of his vast experience in the field. He also says the appointment of Nadduli is a mockery since voters in Luweero kicked him out for failing to deliver.
A new cabinet was appointed in May and approved by the clans council in last month, paving way for the administration of oath conducted by Nakasongola Grade 1 Magistrate Jackline Kagoya in the presence of Isabaruuli Mwogezi Butamanya last evening.
Notable among the advisors is Muruli Mukasa, the Central government Minister for Gender, Labour and Social Development, Presidential Press Secretary Tamale Mirundi and Nakasongola Woman MP Margaret Komuhangi. Although he gave no reason for dismissing the ministers, sources said it stemmed from cabinet refusal to endorse his personal proposal to make the Buruuli cultural throne hereditary.