President Museveni yesterday completed his post-election reshuffle, which saw the most senior jobs remain in the same hands, others demoted and at least 35 ministers, dropped from his Cabinet.
The President’s wife, Mrs Janet Kataaha Museveni, will be the new minister for Education and Sports. Mrs Museveni will replace Ms Jessica Alupo, who has now been dropped from Cabinet after she failed to defend her Katakwi District Woman MP seat in Parliament.
There are at least 38 new entrants, including some are MPs and others such as Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde (Security), Dr Ruth Jane Aceng (Health), Eng Ntege Azuba (Works) and Mr William Byaruhanga (Attorney General), Hajj Abdul Nadduli, the former Luweero District chairperson (Minister without Portfolio) and others have been picked from outside parliament. Hajj Nadduli is expected to replace Eng Abraham Byandala.
Ms Museveni’s Karamoja docket has been given to former Works minister John Byabagambi and the architect of Mr Museveni’s sole candidature project, Ms Evelyn Anite, will take over Privatisation docket, replacing the now sacked Aston Kajara.
Other senior ministers who will not be in Cabinet are; Daudi Migereko (Lands), Henry Muganwa Kajura (Public Service), Chrispus Kiyonga (Defence), Rose Akol (Internal Affairs), Fred Ruhindi (Attorney General), Maria Mutagamba (Tourism), John Nasasira (ICT), Jim Muhwezi, (Information) and Tress Bucyanayandi (Agriculture).
Some of the lucky ones who retained their jobs are; Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, Vice President Edward Ssekandi, Matia Kasaija (Finance), Gen Kahinda Otafiire (Justice), Irene Muloni (Energy) and Sam Kutesa (Foreign Affairs).
For all the appointees to be confirmed ministers, they will have to be approved by the Parliamentary Appointment Committee, chaired by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga. However, the Vice President and Prime Minister are not approved by the House vetting committee; they are approved by the committee of the Whole House.
Those who were picked outside Parliament will also be required to take oath of office to become ex-officio Members of Parliament.