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Appointments Committee Approves Joyce Ssebugwawo

The former Rubaga North Division Mayor and Forum for Democratic Change -FDC party Vice President said that she had not been informed about her dismissal from FDC. She also told journalists that she does not fear being dropped from Cabinet soon since she is reaching her retirement age soon.
Joyce Ssebugwawo, the Minister of State for Information, Communication Technology and National Guidance designate. Photo by Olive Nakatudde

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Parliament’s appointment committee on Thursday vetted 20 newly appointed ministers.

Some of the ministers that appeared before the Committee Chaired by Deputy Speaker Anita Among include Joyce Nabbosa Ssebugwawo the Minister of State-designate for Information, Communication Technology and National Guidance, Gen. David Muhoozi the Minister of State for Internal Affairs, Persis Namuganza the Minister of State for Lands, Housing and Urban Development (Housing) and others.

The others are Obiga Kania, the Minister of State for Lands in charge of Urban Development, Sarah Nyirabashitsi Mateke, the Minister of State-designate for Gender, Labour and Social Development (Youth and Children Affairs), Okello Engola the Minister of State-designate for Employment and Industrial Relations, Bangirana Kawoya the Minister of State for Health (General Duties), Margaret Mugisa Muhanga (primary Health Care) and others.

Shortly after appearing before the Appointments Committee, Ssebugwawo who was clad in her trademark Gomesi looked happy noting that she was ready to serve all Ugandans. 

Despite resistance from two Opposition MPs sitting on the committee, sources indicate that 23 MPs voted in favour of her Ministerial appointment.

The former Rubaga North Division Mayor and Forum for Democratic Change -FDC party Vice President said that she had not been informed about her dismissal from FDC. 

She also told journalists that she does not fear being dropped from Cabinet soon since she is reaching her retirement age soon.

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Obiga Kania, the Minister of State for Lands in charge of Urban Development pledged to ensure re-planning urban places by compensating people to reduce on slams. 

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Margaret Muhanga, the Minister of State for Primary Health Care described her interface with the MPs as calm and brief.

Asked about her competence in the health docket given her background in journalism training, Muhanga said that health was not a monopoly of only medics.

“I am a pseudo doctor, I know a lot of things about health. Health isn’t medical, they are two different things but people think it is medical. You need to live well, eat the right food in good quantities,” she said.

She also told journalists that the Appointments Committee did not raise a question regarding her integrity when questioned about the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation –UBC scandal in which she told MPs that she had sold her goats to raise 15 billion Shillings to purchase UBC land. 

Sarah Mateke, the Minister of State Youth and Children Affairs said that she will focus on ensuring the empowerment of youth in the country to tackle to the high unemployment rate.

She noted that the Parish Model recently developed by the government is going to be a key tool to stir growth among the youth. 

Okello Engola, the Minister of State in charge of Employment and Industrial Relations appealed for a collective effort between government and the public to ensure that the status of workers changes for the better.

“I can’t give you details of what I plan now I am yet to sit down with the technical team in that office and see what they have done, what they plan to do for workers and then come collectively,” said Engola.

Engola also noted that the human rights abuses raised by Ugandans working abroad need to be addressed by streamlining how they seek jobs abroad so that government follows up with the nations where they are employed. 

Bangirana Kawooya the Minister of State for Health (General Duties) promised to spearhead sensitization of Ugandans to follow Standard Operating Procedures –SOPs of the Covid-19 pandemic and also to keep healthy. 

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Persis Namuganza, the Minister of State for Lands in charge of Housing pledged to return the Tenants and Landlord Bill to help tenants and the business community. 

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