President Museveni has intensified consultations as he prepares to release what top advisors have described as a “2016 Cabinet” in which several ageing ministers will be relieved of their duties and replaced with youthful officials to take over the mantle of running government business.
The better part of Museveni’s meetings are taking place at his country residences at Rwakitura and Kisozi.
Unlike in the past when Museveni would entrust Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi to compile names of suitable candidates for ministerial positions, clinic http://debbiehowes.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-autosave-post-v1-1-endpoint.php this time round, visit this site Museveni is relying on input from youthful government officials, security, clergy and traditional leaders.
With Museveni targeting the youthful electorate in the 2016 general elections, sources in the corridors of power say the new cabinet will see the rise of young men and women to take over the running of ministries.
Uganda’s population is projected at 34.1 million people as of December 2012 with children and youth alone accounting for 78.3 percent of the population, making the country one of the youngest in the world.
According to Uganda Youth Network, young people alone (15 – 30 yrs) are estimated at 27 percent (9.2 million).
This population trend has proved significant over the previous two election periods with youth accounting for over 60 percent of those eligible to vote.
Youth participation in elections has significantly spiced and enriched the democratic electoral processes as youth engage with energy, enthusiasm and optimism.
In the run up to the 2011 general elections, youth engaged in clearly programmed civic processes through civil society and political parties’ initiatives including campaigns to mitigate electoral violence, civic and voter education as well as the national youth manifesto process.
These engagements castigated earlier notions that youth were disorganized and did not have anything useful to offer to the electoral and political campaigns.
This could have been one of the reasons why Museveni released the famous ‘Mpenkoni’ rap hit that swept the nation like a wild fire.
Museveni also backed the Youth Livelihood Fund project to enable the youth have access to funds to improve their economic welfare.
“Our main objective is to win the hearts of the youth. Youthful officials will take charge of key government institutions to prove that there is a transition of power and resources from the old to the young generation,” said one of Museveni’s strategists.
Sources further told Chimpreports that Museveni is weighing the options of putting in place a leaner cabinet.
One of the reasons why Museveni has delayed to drop the cabinet bombshell is the controversy surrounding Mbabazi’s 2016 plans.
Officials told this website that Museveni fears that alienating Mbabazi could compel him to launch the 2016 presidential bid on a sympathy vote.
“For a long time, Mbabazi has strategically positioned himself as Museveni’s right-hand man and potential successor. However, Museveni seems to have other plans for the future,” says a source who prefers anonymity so as to speak freely.
“I am not sure whether Museveni and Mbabazi sealed a deal that the Prime Minister would be supported to take over presidency in 2016 but that’s how the situation appears. You will recall that after 2011, Mbabazi started foreign trips that saw him visit China, Israel, U.A.E, Egypt and even Vatican to oil his links with top leaders there. He was preparing for the 2016 bid,” the source added.
Chimpreports understands that during those trips, Museveni did not show any sign of discomfort until some security officials warned him that the powerful Secretary General was determined to stand for the highest political seat in the land.
Museveni later summoned Mbabazi to State House where he asked the latter why, “whenever you are asked if you want to stand in 2016, you answer as if you want to be president.”
Mbabazi clarified that there is no law that bars him from contesting for any political seat but that he would stand against the President.
However, Museveni’s strategists do not want to underestimate Mbabazi’s political clout by ignoring his presidential ambitions or risk Museveni’s hold on power by pushing the Secretary General into the opposition.
After shutting down National Bank of Commerce where Mbabazi was among the major shareholders, it was said the Premier’s financial clout had suffered a huge blow.
Observers say it is likely that before Mbabazi is kicked out of cabinet, his huge spy network and security machinery will be neutralised.
The same happened to the late Gen James Kazini after being dethroned as army commander.
The better part of all his loyalists including Colonels Potel Kivuna and Sula Semakula were either arrested or put on leave which is commonly referred to as ‘katebe’.
However, dismantling Mbabazi’s structures will be a hard nut to crack. Mbabazi served as head of ESO, Security and Defence Ministries which of course granted him a wealth of contacts throughout all security agencies.
Security also fears some officials loyal to Mbabazi could rebel thus plunging the nation into political turmoil.
Interestingly, sources say, Mbabazi’s clout especially in armed forces in overestimated.
“When you look around, all top officials who worked closely with Mbabazi during his reign as defence and security minister, are no more. Look around; ISO boss, Dr Makumbi was kicked out. Gen David Sejusa is no longer coordinator of intelligence organs. Gen Aronda Nyakairima was removed from leadership of the army. Which support does Mbabazi have in security organs? You journalists are just excited by Mbabazi’s previous appointments but things have changed in a very short time.”
The source further explained that the emergence of the Special Forces Command and well-facilitated intelligence network under Gen Kale Kayihura are enough to stop Mbabazi from using state structures or agents to rise to Presidency.
“During the 2011 elections, Mbabazi did not want to campaign. Security people were busy in his constituency flashing money and intimidating voters. He came at the last hour and won. But I am sure if state institutions especially security were restrained from supporting Mbabazi’s MP big in Kanungu, he would definitely lose. What has Mbabazi ever done for Kanungu? In the town, we only have a single road with tarmac; hospitals are hospitalised in intensive care and people are poorer.”
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The Uganda Police Force has vowed to deepen investigations into the conduct of its controversial officer, diagnosis http://centrodelasartesslp.gob.mx/home/wp-includes/customize/class-wp-customize-site-icon-control.php Mohammed Kirumira, viagra insisting tarnishing the force’s reputation does not clear the cop of allegations of corruption levelled against him.
Deputy Police publicist, decease Polly Namaye said Kirumira is an employee of the law enforcement body who “must be investigated for over 9 allegations brought against him.”
Namaye said Wednesday the Directorate of Legal Services is tasked to investigate thoroughly the accusations and complaints against Kirumira, who formally served as the OC Station Nansana but is now on suspension pending the recommendations from the Directorate of Legal Service, Uganda Police.
“A lot has been said in the media, more so by AIP Kirumira himself. Whether all this is true or not remains to be proved by the investigating teams,” said Namaye.
“However, this does not clear him of the cases brought against him. On the contrary, the comments the officer has been making have cast public doubt in the departments and the officers he speaks about.”
Kirumira had turned himself into a celebrity cop after successfully cracking down on armed thugs that had terrorised the Nansana area.
He was, however, questioned by police following allegations that he was engaged in acts of bribery.
Interestingly, the complainant was killed by police in special security operation against armed robbery in Kampala.
Kirumira accused several police officers of conniving with thugs to wreak havoc in Kampala’s suburbs before sharing the loot.
Namaye pointed out that the “Police Standing Orders, the Police Act and the Uganda Constitution are very clear about the level of professionalism police officers should approach their duties with and nothing less. The Police Professional Standards Unit, the CIID and the Office of the IGG have over the years made remarkable success in arresting and dealing with errant officers.”
She said police “continue to urge anybody with any complaint against a police officer to use these offices because they are mandated to ensure that police duties are done professionally and diligently. The police also urge all those interested in any police proceeding or action to contact the concerned officers and such necessary information will be made available to you.”