Those who were confirmed on Tuesday by the committee chaired by Deputy Speaker Anita Among are Chris Baryomunsi, the Minister of Information, Communications, Technology and National Guidance, Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Maria Goretti Kitutu, the Minister for Karamoja Affairs.
Parliament’s Appointments Committee has approved more Ministers
recently appointed by President Yoweri Museveni.
Those who were confirmed on Tuesday by the committee chaired by
Deputy Speaker Anita Among are Chris Baryomunsi, the Minister of Information,
Communications, Technology and National Guidance, Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister
for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Maria Goretti Kitutu, the
Minister for Karamoja Affairs.
The others are Ruth Nankabirwa, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development,
Vincent Ssempijja Bamulangaki, the Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs,
Betty Amongi Ongom, the Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development and
Parliament kicked off the vetting process on Monday with the approval of the Vice
President Jessica Alupo and Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja in the House. The vetting process is expected to be
concluded at the end of the week.
Tumwebaze said that he will sensitize Ugandans to double their utilization
capacity of arable land so that the country’s yields go up.
“It was very brief, I availed whatever documents the committee wanted and they
wished me good luck. Agriculture is a universal sector that employs many people
both directly and indirectly. If you look at Uganda, it has a land size of
241,000Sq miles, of that land area, 81.8% is arable land meaning it can be
cultivated. Out of the arable land, only 35% is utilized. So my big task is to
whip the country and mobilize people to put land to use,” said Tumwebaze.
He also says that he is to ensure that disease control is a priority that needs
to be fought holistically.
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Ruth Nankabirwa, the new Minister of Energy said that she is to ensure that
government programmes under her Ministry are fulfilled.
“I know that free connection policy is a commitment, we put it in our manifesto
and therefore I will make sure the counterpart funding is available because the
free connection isn’t completely free because the government has to find
funding for the connections. So all the commitments in my sector aren’t
personal, these are government programmes,” said Nankabirwa.
She also committed to building on the foundation laid by her predecessors to
ensure that Ugandans see the first oil and money from different minerals.
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Mary Goretti Kitutu, the Minister for Karamoja Affairs said that she had worked
in the region before and that she will deliver beyond the expectations of the
people of Karamoja.
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Chris Baryomunsi, the Minister of Information said that he will ensure that the
policies of government are known by Ugandans and also empower different workers
in different sectors to ensure they communicate to the public what government
“Sometimes there is a gap in communicating what government does. We want to
expand digital space because technology is driving different spaces. We must
see that we create an environment so that we afford internet access. We shall
teach and encourage Ugandans to be patriotic and ideologically aligned even if
we have different political parties,” he added.
Regarding the government’s tax on the internet, Baryomunsi said that this was
important because the country has to raise local revenue. He however noted that
government shall constantly examine tax proposals to see that they are no impediments
to any form of service.
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Vincent Ssempijja, the Minister of Defence said that he is to support President
Museveni push for the welfare of the army.
been part of the struggle. I have had military training giving me a good
background. I will support Museveni in pushing for the welfare of the army and
ensure that the Uganda People’s Defence Forces -UPDF is a productive and
pro-people army,” said Ssempijja.
He also told journalists that he will ensure that the disagreements between the
army and the fishing communities are handled amicably.
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More ministers including Kahinda Otafire, the Minister of
Internal Affairs, Finance Minister Matia Kasaija, Judith Nabakooba, the
Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development and others were yet to be approved by the committee.