President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has announced the full make-up of his new cabinet [see below] following parliamentary elections last month. The list contains few new faces and includes 10 ministers who failed to win seats in the election but who can hold office by presidential appointment, the BBC reported. Fifteen women are included in the new line-up of 68 cabinet and junior ministers.
Museveni himself relinquished the defence portfolio for the first time since he came to power in 1986.
Among 64 appointments as ministers and ministers of state were Sam Kuteesa and Brigadier Jim Muhwezi, who had been censured by the last parliament for alleged abuse of office. Museveni also nominated Major Roland Kakooza Mutale - frequently criticised for his violent methods and reputedly one of the most feared and hated men in Ugandan politics - but he declined to accept the post. Opposition politicians, religious groups and civil society groups have come out against the cabinet line-up, saying it was not representative of different groups in the country, despite Museveni’s promises.
Some 230 of 282 parliamentarians are considered to be sympathetic to President Museveni, which should provide him with “a relatively soft parliament to work with in his final term,” the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) reported this week. [Museveni, re-elected as president in March, is constitutionally obliged to leave office at the end of his current term in 2006.]
However, opposition candidates captured 35 seats, up from 14 in the last parliament, it said. In addition, some leading critics of Museveni, like Winnie Byanyima and Cecilia Ogwal, won seats despite the president actively campaigning against them, “indicating that in some areas people are dissatisfied with the current regime,” the report added.
The Seventh Parliament of Uganda held its first session on Friday, 27 July 2001, at the Nile Hotel International Conference Centre.
The new government line-up, as issued by the Office of the President on Thursday, is as follows:
Vice-President: Specioza Wandira Kazibwe
Prime Minister/Leader of Government Business in Parliament: Apollo Nsibambi; First Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Internal Affairs: Eriya Kategaya; Second Deputy Prime Minister/ Disaster Preparedness: Moses Ali; Third Deputy Prime Minister/ Minister of Foreign Affairs: James Wambogo Wapakhabulo; Minister in charge of the Presidency: Gilbert Balibaseka Bukenya; Minister for General Duties, Office of the Prime Minister: Mondo George Kagonyera; Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industries And Fisheries: Wilberforce Kisamba Mugerwa; Minister of Education and Sports: Edward Kiddu Makubuya; Minister of Energy and Mineral Development: Syda Namirembe Bbumba; Minister of Finance, Planning and
Economic Development: Gerald Sendaula; Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development: Zoe Bakoko Bakoru; Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs: Janat Balunzi Mukwaya; Minister of Water, Land & Environment: Ruhakana Rugunda; Minister of Public Service: Henry Muganwa Kajura; Minister of Defence: Amama Mbabazi; Minister of Works, Transport, Housing and Communications: John Nasasira; Minister of Local Government: Jaberi Bidandi Ssali; Minister of Health: Jim Katugugu Muhwezi; Minister without Portfolio/ Acting National Political Commissar: Crispus Kiyonga; Minister of Tourism, Wildlife & Antiquities: Edward Rugumayo; Attorney General: Francis Ayume.
Ministers of State:
Vice-President’s Office: (Vacant); Security: Wilson Muruli Mukasa; Information: Basoga Nsadhu; Economic Monitoring: Omony Ojwok; Ethics & Integrity: Miria Matembe; Parliamentary Affairs: Felix Okot Ogong; Karamoja Development: Peter Aimat Lokeris; Luwero Triangle: Tim Mutekanga Lwanga;
Northern Uganda Rehabilitation
Programme: Agard Didi; Disaster Preparedness: Christine Amongin Aporu; Agriculture: Israel Kibirige Sebunya; Animal: (Vacant); Fisheries: Fabius Byaruhunga; Primary Education: Geraldine Namirembe Bitamazire; Higher Education: Betty Akech; Sports: Henry Oryem Okello; Energy: Daudi Migereko; Mineral Development: Kos Kamanda Bataringaya; Planning: Isaac Isanga Musumba; Investment: Sam Kutesa; Privatisation: Peter Kasenene; Finance – General: Mwesigwa Rukutana; Regional Cooperation: Kahinda Otafiire; International Affairs: Tom Butime; Primary Health Care: Beatrice Wabudeya; Health – General: George Mike Mukula; Internal Affairs: Sarah Kyama Kiyingi; Gender and Culture: Sam Bitangaro; Labour and Industrial Relations: Henry Obbo; Youth and Child Affairs: Alex Kamugisha; Elderly and Disability Affairs: Florence Sekabira Nayiga; Entandikwa (Revolving fund for the poor): Grace Akello; Local Government: Phillip Byaruhunga; Public Service – General: Patrick Okumu Ringa; Pensions: Benigna Mukiibi; Tourism: Jovino Ayumu Akaki; Trade: Abel Rwendeire; Industry: Richard Nduhuura; Defence: Ruth Nankabirwa; Transport: Andruale Awuzu; Housing: Francis Edward Babu; Communications: Micheal Werike Kafabusa; Water: Mary Mutagamba; Lands: Matia Baguma Isoke; Environment: Lawrence Kezimbira Miyingo.
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