Breaking

Appointment of Seven Ministers from Tooro Draws Mixed Reactions

For the past five years, the region had only five ministers who included Adolf Mwesige, Minister of Defence, William Byaruhanga, the Attorney General, Butime, Mutuuzo and Tumwebaze.

Audio 3

The appointment of seven ministers from the Tooro region has drawn mixed reactions from residents.

On Tuesday, Museveni appointed Tom Butime, Minister for Tourism, Peace Mutuzo, State Minister for Culture, Martin Bahinduka Mugara, the State Minister for tourism and wildlife and Victoria Businge Rusoke, the State Minister for Local government.

The others are Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister for Agriculture, Jackson Kafuzi Deputy Attorney General and Margaret Muhanga, the State Minister for Primary Health Care.

For the past five years, the region had five ministers who included Adolf Mwesige, Minister of Defence, William Byaruhanga, the Attorney General, Butime, Mutuuzo and Tumwebaze. However Mwesige and Byaruhanga didn't make it back to the cabinet.

Moses Mwesige, a resident of Harukoto in Fort Portal, doubts if people from Tooro will benefit from the new appointees. According to Mwesige, it is the friends and relatives of the ministers who will gain from their appointment.

According to Mwesige, ministers from the region who have been in the previous cabinet have done nothing for the region.

//Cue in; "allocated ministries…

Cue out: "…members of the family."//

Gerald Ajuna, a resident of Kyenjojo town council says the president made a good choice of  Kafuzi as Deputy Attorney General given his vast experience as a lawyer.

He also says that the President should have appointed more youthful Ministers from the district and not Butime, who has served in Museveni’s cabinet for several years.  Ajuna adds that Butime's appointment is just a reward for returning to the party after falling out with the President.

However, David Asiimwe, a resident of Fort Portal says the appointments should be welcomed in Tooro since in the past the area had been marginalized regarding ministerial appointments.

He says that by scoping several ministerial positions, the President is rewarding the electorate for overwhelmingly voting for him and the NRM party in the January elections.

//Cue in: "not bad appointment…

Cue out; "…big percentage."//

George Rusongoza, a resident of Kamwenge town wonders what criteria President Museveni uses to select his ministers. He is also surprised that long-serving Member of Parliament Fort Portal City, Alex Ruhunda has been left out.

//Cue in: “process criteria…

Cue out: “interests of the region.//

Museveni also appointed one minister from Bundibugyo district, Harriet Ntabazi, State Minister for Industry and dropped Christopher Kibanzanga, who has been State Minister for Veteran Affairs.

In 2016, Ntabazi's ministerial appointment was rejected over inconsistencies in her birthdates.  Ntabaazi had been appointed State Minister for Industry.

Keywords