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
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.
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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
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
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.
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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.
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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.