Makerere University History Don, Ndebesa Wambutsya has
revealed that President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s appointments of the new cabinet indicates
that he is not planning on retiring anytime soon.
Museveni few days ago named his 81-member cabinet with some of
the names in the list taking Ugandans by surprise.
Former Education Minister and Katakwi Woman MP Jessica Alupo
is the Vice President replacing Edward Ssekandi who was dropped. Another surprise in the cabinet list was that of the Prime
Minister given to former Minister of Health in charge of General duties Robinah
Nabbanja. She replaced Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda who has been named Special Envoy
office of the President.
Now Ndebesa says that the recent appointments indicate that
President Museveni is still fully taking charge and not thinking about
transition, or does not have any plans of quitting soon.
He says that because
the position of Vice President and Prime Minister is key when it comes to who
takes charge after the President, the appointment of the two top leaders
indicate that it is the President and not the two leaders running the show.
He says this also indicates that perhaps the President was
not grooming someone to take over from him. He says the Vice President and even
Prime Minister is the potential president and these two appointments do not show that.
Ndebesa says that the appointments were more of a show of
gender sensitivity by the President but also in strong consideration of
regional balance and not integration, and for the future of a transition
looking at nation building or healing.
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About the other appointments, Ndebesa says that the
President has simply rewarded political allies, and also put in some technocrats,
which is a good thing since they have been appointed for efficiency. He says for transitional purposes, the former speaker
Rebecca Kadaga could have been given the Prime Minister or Vice President among
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President Museveni has led Uganda since 1986 after taking over power. Talks of transition even within the ruling party the NRM remains unheard of.