Ugandans are still straining to fully digest the just released Cabinet Minister which was starting to touch the nerves of certain sections of the population over its delay.
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After she retired from elective politics in May last year, many speculated that she felt exhausted and was therefore an unlikely face in the new cabinet.
Part of her resignation statement read, “I have sought God’s guidance and assurance about it. Therefore I now have no doubt at all in my mind that this is what God intended for me in this season; that in the coming elections of 2016, I will not offer myself as a candidate for Ruhaama Constituency Parliamentary seat. However, for now, I am still serving until the end of my term. Therefore, I would like you to stay calm because I am still here, but I want you all to know that I will not stand in 2016.”
President Yoweri Museveni also made history this afternoon, by appointing two members from the opposition side on his cabinet. The two are Uganda Federal Alliance’s Hon Betty Kamya – formally an FDC stalwart, and UPC’s Betty Among. Kamya is the Minister in Charge of Kampala, while Amongi is Minister in Charge of Lands Housing and Urban Development.
Observers will point out that Mrs. Kamya’s recently dissenting views against his former party FDC is all there is to thank for her new office.
Another highlight in the new government is Mrs. Jane Ruth Aceng who has been elevated from Director General Health Services to become the new head of the Ministry of Health.
Former Luweero LC5 Chairman Hajj Abdul Nadduli who recently retired from elective politics, is yet another eye turner. He is the new Minister without portfolio and replaces the ill-fated Abraham Byandala who was removed from cabinet.
The return of Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs Hon Maj. Gen Kahinda Otafiire was lately at the center of discussion, after he lost his Parliamentary seat in Ruhinda. He thankfully retains his seat.
Minister for Works and Transport Hon John Byabagambi, who for a few years was in charge of the most funded government body has been ‘demoted’ to Ministry of Karamoja Affairs, while Hon Evelyn Anite was switched as State Minster in Charge of Youths to a more complex Junior Minister for Privatization and Investment.
President Yoweri Museveni as has been the case in past has maintained a number of elders on the cabinet list among them 81 year old Kirunda Kiveijinja who remains 2nd Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of East African Affairs.
Others are the Vice President HE Edward Kiwanuka Sekandi and Deputy Prime Minister & Deputy Leader of Government Business in Parliament Gen Moses Ali, who are 73 and 77 respectively.
Museveni also retained Minister of State for Regional Affairs Philemon Mateke who is now 73. He however dropped 88 year old Minister for Public Henry Muganwa Kajura.
Meanwhile, a number of popular faces were entirely dropped from the Cabinet among them education Minister Hon Jessica Alupo, former Works and Transport Minister Hon Abraham Byandala, Henry Muganwa Kajura, the Attorney General Fred Ruhindi, and Minister for Tourism Hon Maria Mutagamba. The others are Hon John Nasasira who recently retired from leadership, for health reasons; Hon Rose Akol who temporarily replaced the late Gen Aronda Nyakairima at Internal Affairs and Hon Stephens Tickodri.
Others are Defense Minister Crispus Kiyonga, Daudi Migereko, Jim Muhwezi, Henry Banyenzaki and Sam Engola, Tress Bucyanayandi