Some of those who failed to show up are the Minister for Presidency, Babirye Milly Babalanda and Attorney-General, Kiryowa Kiwanuka because of their recent contact with COVID-19 victims. The Minister of Public Service, Muruli Mukasa and Foreign Affairs State Minister in Charge of Regional Affairs, John Mulimba also did not swear in because even during the vetting by Parliament they were indisposed.
Seventeen newly appointed ministers have failed
to take the oath of office at Kololo Independence Grounds. Some of the
ministers failed to appear because they are contacts of COVID-19 victims and
are in self-isolation, others are undergoing treatment while others have lost
relatives among other reasons.
Some of those who failed to show up are the Minister for Presidency, Babirye Milly Babalanda and
Attorney-General, Kiryowa Kiwanuka because of their recent contact with
COVID-19 victims. The Minister of Public Service, Muruli Mukasa and Foreign
Affairs State Minister in Charge of Regional Affairs, John Mulimba also did not
swear in because even during the vetting by Parliament they were indisposed.
Also not sworn in is Dr. Monica Musenero the
Minister Office of the President Serviced in charge of Science, Technology and
Innovation who lost a mother on Monday morning and the Minister of State
designate for Luwero Triangle-Rwenzori Region) Alice Kaboyo whose appointment
was rejected by the Appointments Committee because of her previous corruption
scandal and subsequent conviction.
The others are the First Deputy Prime Minister
Rebecca Kadaga and Minister of East African Affairs, Hilary Onek, the Minister
for Relief, Disaster Preparedness & Refugees, Maria Goretti Kitutu the
Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Judith Nabakooba the Minister of Lands, Housing
and Urban Development and Cheptoris Mangusho, the Minister of Water and
The others who missed swearing-in are Fred
Kyakulaga, the Minister of State for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries
(Agriculture), Huda Olero, the Minister of State for Defense and Veteran
Affairs (Veteran Affairs), Evelyn Anite, the Minister of State for Finance,
Planning and Economic Development (Privatization and Investment), Henry Okello
Oryem, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (International Affairs), Margaret
Muhanga, the Minister of State for Health (Primary Health Care) and Victoria
Rusoke, the Minister of State for Local Government.
To access the swearing-in venue,
one was required to present a COVID-19 negative result. The event attended by President Yoweri Museveni
and First Lady Janet Museveni saw the swearing-in of Vice President Maj.
Rtd. Jessica Alupo, Prime Minister and Leader of Government Business Robinah
Nabbanja, Second Deputy Prime Minister Moses Ali and Third Deputy Prime
Minister, Lukia Nakadama.
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The function follows last week’s vetting process
by the Appointments Committee of parliament chaired by the Deputy Speaker,
Anita Among. Deborah Katuramu, the Deputy Head of Public Service and Deputy
Secretary to Cabinet, said that the swearing-in of Ministers is very important
for Cabinet to formally start government business.
She said that the appointment of new Ministers
is a clear indication of the confidence that the President has in the appointees in
fulfilling his aspirations in the transformation of Uganda into a middle income
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Others sworn in are the Minister of Education and
Sports, Janet Kataha Museveni, Maj. Gen. Rtd Jim Muhwezi, the Minister of
Security, Hajati Misa Kabanda, the Minister for Kampala Capital and
Metropolitan Affairs, Justine Kasule Lumumba, the Minister in the Office of the
Prime Minister in charge of General Duties, Thomas Tayebwa and the Government
Chief Whip, Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister of Agriculture, Animal and Fisheries among