Politics

Museveni Withdraws UPC Ministerial Nominee

President Yoweri Museveni has rescinded his decision and withdrawn one of the Uganda People’s Congress members appointed to Cabinet recently.

ChimpReports has learnt that after intensive pressure from the National Resistance Movement officials from Lango sub-region, clinic http://crfg.org/wp-includes/class-wp-widget-factory.php Museveni decided to withdraw the name of the State Minister for Fisheries
designate, medications Ruth Acheng.

Acheng who is also the former woman Member of Parliament for Kole district did not appear before the house’s Appointments Committee on Thursday which was the last day for vetting of ministerial appointees.

Sources in the Appointments Committee told ChimpReports that the Government Chief Whip, Ms. Ruth Nankabirwa tabled a letter from the President who is also the appointing authority, saying the designation of Acheng had been cancelled.

“The Government Chief Whip surprised us with a letter from Museveni indicating that Ruth (Acheng) is no longer a minister designate,” asource from the committee said.

This website understands that NRM MPs from Lango together with former ministers met Museveni at Entebbe State House on Wednesday and Thursday, where the decision to strike Acheng off the list was made.
The team according to sources told the President that they were not expecting harmonious working relationship with the UPC members appointed to cabinet.

“We clearly told the president that things were not going to be good. Working with UPC first of all undermines us the NRM members and secondly they will not respect us,” a source who attended the State House meeting with the president said.

In the recent ministerial appointments, Museveni appointed the UPC party president’s wife Jimmy Akena as the minister of Lands Housing and Urban Development while Acheng was given Fisheries.

Two other opposition members including Betty Kamya and Democratic Party member Nakiwala were also appointed ministers of KCCA and state for Youth respectively.

The appointment of opposition members to Cabinet dominated the last NRM Caucus meeting at State House.

NRM MPs questioned why the president who is also the Chairman of the party left them and picked
the opposition members.

Amongi, Kamya and Nakiwala were nonetheless approved by the Appointments Committee for their respective positions.

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