Why Museveni sacked ministers

Attorney General Byaruhanga booted for eating 'kitu kidogo'

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Former Attorney General William Byaruhanga address parliament recently.

By Vanguard Reporter

KAMPALA – Outside the big two, former Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi and Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, long serving Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa is the most powerful of 11 ministers that will not be part of President Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhabrwa Museveni’s cabinet foe the 2021/2026 term.

A source close to the President told The East African Vanguard, most the ministers dropped were no longer adding value to the cabinet, involved in fraudulent deals and unpopular in their constituencies.

According to the Cabinet list issued on Tuesday evening by the presidential press Unit, Museveni has named 32 cabinet ministers and 50 state ministers.

The list has shocked many Ugandans with faces that are regarded incompetent but the President has defended it as a wonderful cabinet that no one expected.

The list shows that Katakwi woman MP, Jessica Alupo, has replaced Ssekandi, who has been vice president for 10 years. Ssekandi lost his Bukoto County Central Parliamentary seat he has held since 1996 to 2021. In the 2016 – 2021 Parliamentary election, the Vice President also struggled to be re-elected, a symbol of the electorate having had enough of him that prompted the Appointing authority to relief him off the responsibility of Vice President.

In the previous elections, the opposition accused Ssekandi of using rigging elections to Parliament. 

His successor Maj. (rtd) Alupo is regarded a royal National Resistance Movement (NRM) member as compared to the former Speaker Rebecca Kadaga who lost to her former deputy Jacob L’Okori Oulanyah. There were rumors of the President promising Kadaga the post of Vice President after she lost to Oulanyah. Kadaga was appointed 1st Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Community Affairs, a position graded sixth below her former position.

On the other hand, Kakumiro Woman MP, Robinah Nabbanja has replaced Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda who has held the portfolio of prime minister since 2014.

Nabbanja has been serving as the State Minister for Health but prior to the appointment in 2016, she threated to mobilize her electorate against NRM for ignoring them in Kakumiro. She was later appointed State Minister for Health, a position Kadaga tried to block because of her academic qualification (diploma in catering). It is now interesting how Nabanja will relate with Kadaga, is a graduate of several degrees and diplomas in law.

Also replaced, as the minister in charge of the presidency is Esther Mbayo. Her role is now going to be played by Miriam Babalanda. Mbayo is accused of fueling division of NRM in Luuka district where she allegedly used security forces to terrorize the locals especially the youths who were allegedly supporters of former Presidential Candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu aka Bobi Wine.

Her inheritor, Babalanda, is a prominent New Vision columnist, who as has always written rosy opinions on NRM and President Museveni’s achievements.

Maj. Gen Jim Muhwezi, the Rujumbura Member of Parliament has replaced Gen Ely Tumwine- who has been serving as Security Minister since 2018. Gen Muhweri who participated in bush war that ushered the NRM government into power commanded by President Museveni, is brother in-law to the appointing authority. It is not clear if this could have influenced the appointment, but a section of the public is disappointed why the President has recycled the Gen having been dropped a couple of years ago for allegedly involved in the Global Fund embezzlement scandal.

For the position of Minister for General Duties in the Prime Minister’s Office, the former NRM Secretary General, Justine Kasule Lumumba, has replaced Mary Karoro Okurut. Kasule has been in a confortable seat at the NRM Secretariat as she could see eye to eye with the Chairman NRM Electoral Commission Tanga Odoi who what seemed ‘ego’. Although Karoro was good as praising President Museveni as her fellow columnist Babalada, she did not get a ‘soft’ eye from appointing authority.

For the position of Minister for Karamoja, Mary Goretti Kitutu, who has been serving as the Minister of Energy, has replaced John Byabagambi. Kitutu was given a less sensitive ministry for failing to adequately supervising the energy ministry that the President has always described as key to propel Uganda to middle income status. Byabagambi, who has been MP Ibanda County South is reported to have become unpopular for ignoring the electorate and instead concentrated in Karamoja.  

The Attorney General William Byaruhanga, regarded as ‘the big fish’, has also lost his position to the President’s personal lawyer, Kiryowa Kiwanuka. Several online posts after the cabinet was announced celebrated his sacking.

“This is the biggest gift President Museveni has given us, the 30 percent dealer is no more in parliament,” it read. It is alleged, the former Attorney General would ask 30 percent of every government deal that came across him.

His replacement, Kiwanuka, who also happens to be Chairman Express Football Club, is one of the brilliant smart lawyers that have represent President Museveni and NRM in several of the election petitions that have been ruled his parties’ favor. No wonder he has managed to reorganize Express Football Club from shambles to the top of league with high hopes of being champion.

On the other hand, Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja who has been the minister for Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries has replaced Adolf Mwesige as Minister of Defense. Ssempija was one of the victims of the National Unity Platform (NUP) wave that left several ministers and NRM MPs beaten in the previous election. He has been one of the hard working ministers especially in promotion of agricultural extension services, commercial irrigation of small scale holder farmers to boost house income and wedding out fake agricultural inputs from the market that had compromised quality.

The long-serving Minister of Foreign Affairs Sam Kutesa- will not be part of this cabinet as his roles have been taken over by Gen. Jeje Odongo who has been the Internal Affairs Minister. 

Judith Nabakooba, the former minister in charge of ICT and the National Guidance will play the role of minister of Lands Housing and Urban Development replacing Beti Olive Kamya who has been named senior presidential advisor on Land. Speaking during Heroes day celebration at Kololo Independence Grounds, President Museveni said he appointed for persistent fight against land grabbers.

“She has been fighting for the common people who were facing land eviction. Other politicians when elected go and do their own things but for her she fought for the common person in Mityana district. That is why I put her in Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development to sort out land issues,” he said.

Also sacked is the Minister of Trade Industry and Cooperatives Amelia Kyambadde whose position has gone to Francis Mwebesa. After losing to Dr Hilderman, Kyamdadde, told journalists that the NRM hug lose in Buganda was because the ruling party has overstayed in power, a massage that was not well perceived by the top party members. 

FULL STATEMENT

I hereby inform the country that By virtue of the Authority given to the President of Uganda by Articles: 108(2), 108A(1), 113(1) and 114(1) of the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, I hereby appoint H.E. the Vice President, Rt. Hon. Prime Minister, Honourable Cabinet Ministers and other Ministers as indicated below:

1. H.E. the Vice President ─ HON. JESSICA ALUPO (MAJ.RTD)

2. Rt. Hon. Prime Minister and Leader of Government Business in Parliament
─ HON. ROBINAH NABBANJA

3. 1st Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Community Affairs ─ HON. REBECCA KADAGA

4. 2nd Deputy Prime Minister & Deputy Leader of Gov’t Business in Parliament ─ HON.GEN. MOSES ALI

5. 3rd Deputy Prime Minister and Minister without Port-folio ─ HON. LUKIA NAKADAMA

6. Minister of Education and Sports ─ HON. MUSEVENI JANET KATAAHA

7. Minister, Office of the President (Presidency) ─ MS. MARIAM DHOKA BABALANDA;

8. Minister, Office of the President (Security) ─ HON. JIM MUHWEEZI;

9. Minister, Office of the President Serviced by the State House MONICA;
Comptroller, in charge of Science, Technology and Innovation ─ DR. MUSENERO

10. Minister for Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs ─ HAJATI MISI KABANDA;

11. Minister, Office of the Prime, Minister (General Duties) ─ RT. HON. KASULE LUMUMBA;

12. Government Chief Whip ─ HON. TAYEBWA THOMAS;

13. Minister, Office of the Prime Minister (Relief, Disaster Preparedness & Refugees ─ HON. ONEK HILARY;

14. Minister for Karamoja Affairs ─ HON. MARIA GORETTI KITUTU;

15. Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries ─ HON. FRANK TUMWEBAZE

16. Attorney-General ─ MR. KIRYOWA KIWANUKA

17. Minister of Defence and Veterans Affairs ─ HON.VINCENT SSEMPIJJA
BAMULANGAKI;

18. Minister of Energy and Minerals Development ─ HON. RUTH NANKABIRWA;

19. Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development ─ HON. MATIA KASAIJA;

20. Minister of Foreign Affairs ─ HON. JEJE ODONGO;

21. Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development ─ HON. BETTY AMONGI;

22. Minister of Health ─ HON. DR. JANE ACENG;

23. Minister of Information, Communications Technology And National Guidance ─ DR. CHRIS BARYOMUNSI;

24. Minister of Internal Affairs ─ HON. KAHINDA OTAFIRE;

25. Minister of Justice and ─
Constitutional Affairs …………………………………………….

26. Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development ─ HON. JUDITH
NABAKOBA;

27. Minister of Local Government ─ HON. RAPHAEL MAGYEZI;

28. Minister of Public Service ─ HON. MURUULI MUKASA;

29. Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities─ HON. TOM BUTIME;

30. Minister of Trade, Industry and ─ MR. FRANCIS MWEBESA;
Cooperatives

31. Minister of Water and Environment  ─ HON. CHEPTORIS MANGUSHO

32. Minister of Works and Transport─ GEN. KATUMBA
WAMALA;

MINISTERS OF STATE:

Office of the President:

1. Minister of State, Office of the ─ HON. PETER OGWANG; President (Economic Monitoring)

2. Minister of State, Office of the ─ HON. AKELLO ROSE; President (Ethics and Integrity)

Office of the Vice President:

3. Minister of State, Office of the ─ HON. MUTASINGWA
Vice President DIANA NANKUNDA;

Office of the Prime Minister:

4. Minister of State, Office of The Prime Minister ─ HON. ANYAKUN ESTHER DAVINIA (Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees)

5. Minister of State, Office of The Prime Minster (Northern Uganda) HON. KWIYUCWINY GRACE FREEDOM;

6. Minister of State, Office of the Prime Minister (Karamoja) HON. AGNES NANDUTU

7. Minister of State, Office of the ─ MS. ALICE KABOYO;
Prime Minister (Luwero Triangle
-Rwenzori Region)

8. Minister of State, Office of the ─ HON. NAMUYANGU
Prime Minister (Bunyoro Affairs) KACHA JENNIFER;

9. Minister of State, Office of the ─ HON. DR. ONGALO-
Prime Minister (Teso Affairs) OBOTE;

Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries

10. Minister of State for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries  ─ HON. KYAKULAGA FRED BWIINO;
(Agriculture)

11. Minister of State for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries ─ HON. RWAMIRAMA BRIGHT;
(Animal Industry)

12. Minister of State for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries  ─ HON. ADOA HELLEN;
(Fisheries)

Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs:

13. Deputy Attorney General ─ HON. KAFUUZI
JACKSON;

Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs

14. Minister of State for Defence ─ HON. OBOTH OBOTH;
And Veteran Affairs (Defence) JACOB MARKSON

15. Minister of State for Defence ─ HON. OLERU HUDA;
And Veteran Affairs (Veteran
Affairs)

Ministry of East African Affairs

16. Minister of State for ─ MR. MAGODE IKUYA;
East African Affairs

Ministry of Education and Sports

17. Minister of State for Education ─ HON.DR. MUYINGO
And Sports (Higher Education) JOHN CHRYSOSTOM;

18. Minister of State for Education ─ HON. DR. MORIKU
And Sports (Primary Education) JOYCE KADUCU;

19. Minister of State for Education ─ HON. OBUA DENIS
And Sports (Sports) HAMSON;

Ministry of Energy and Minerals Development:

20. Minister of State for Energy and ─ HON. OKASAI
Minerals Development (Energy) SIDRONIUS OPOLOT;

21. Minister of State for Energy and ─ HON. PETER LOKERIS;
Minerals Development (Minerals)

Ministry of Finance, Planning & Economic Development:

22. Minister of State for Finance ─ HON. HENRY
Planning and Economic MUSAASIZI;
Development (General Duties)

23. Minister of State for Finance, ─ HON. AMOS
Planning and Economic LUGOLOOBI;
Development (Planning)

24. Minister of State for Finance, ─ HON. ANITE EVELYN;
Planning and Economic
Development (Privatization and
Investment)

25. Minister of State for Finance, ─ HON. KYEYUNE
Planning and Economic HARUNA KASOLO;
Development (Micro-Finance)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

26. Minister of State for Foreign ─ HON. ORYEM
Affairs (International Affairs) OKELLO;

27. Minister of State for Foreign ─ MR. JONH MULIMBA;
Affairs (Regional Affairs)

Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development:

28. Minister of State for Gender, ─ HON. PEACE MUTUUZO;
Labour and Social Development
(Gender and Culture)

29. Minister of State for Gender, ─ HON. NYIRABASHITSI
Labour and Social Development SARAH MATEKE;
(Youth and Children Affairs)

30. Minister of State for Gender, ─ HON. OKELLO ENGOLA;
Labour and Social Development
(Employment and Industrial
Relations)

31. Minister of State for Gender, ─ HON. HELLEN ASAMO;
Labour and Social Development
(Disability Affairs)

32. Minister of State for Gender ─ HON. GIDUDU MAFAABI;
Labour and Social Development
(Elderly Affairs)

Ministry of Health:

33. Minister of State for Health ─ HON. BANGIRANA
(General Duties) KAWOYA;

34. Minister of State for Health ─ HON. MARGARET
(Primary Health Care) MUHAANGA

Ministry of Information Communication Technology and National Guidance:

35. Minister of State for Information─ MS. JOYCE
Communication Technology and SSEBUGWAWO
National Guidance

Ministry of Internal Affairs:

36. Minister of State for ─ GEN. DAVID MUHOOZI;
Internal Affairs

Ministry of Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs:

37. Minister of State for Kampala ─ MR. KABUYE
Capital City and KYOFATOGABYE;
Metropolitan

Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development:

38. Minister of State for Lands, ─ HON. NAMUGANZA;
Housing and Urban Development (Housing)
39. Minister of State for Lands, ─ HON. OBIGA KANIA;
Housing and Urban
Development (Urban Development)

40. Minister of State for Lands, ─ MR.SAM MAYANJA;
Housing and Urban
Development (Lands)

Ministry of Local Government:

41. Minister of State for ─ HON. VICTORIA
Local Government RUSOKE;

Ministry of Public Service:

42. Minister of State for ─ MS. GRACE MARY
Public Service MUGASA

Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities:

43. Minister of State for Tourism, ─ HON. MARTIN MUGARRA;
Wildlife and Antiquities

Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives:

44. Minister of State for Trade, Industry and Cooperatives  ─ HON. GUME
FREDRICK NGOBI;
(Cooperatives)

45. Minister of State for Trade Industry and Cooperatives, ─ HON. BAHATI DAVID;

46. Minister of State for Trade,Industry and Cooperatives ─ HON. HARRIET
NTABAAZI;

Ministry of Water and Environment:

47. Minister of State for Water And Environment (Environment) ─ HON. BEATRICE;
ANYWAR

48. Minister of State for Water And Environment (Water) ─ HON. AISHA SEKKINDI

Ministry of Works and Transport:

49. Minister of State for Works And Transport (Works) ─ HON. MUSA ECHWERU;

50. Minister of State for Works And Transport (Transport) ─ HON. BYAMUKAMA FRED

SPECIAL ENVOY:

1. RT. HON. DR. RUHAKANA RUGUNDA
SPECIAL ENVOY FOR SPECIAL DUTIES, OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

SENIOR PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORS:

1. HON. AMELIA KYAMBADDE – SENIOR PRESIDENTIAL ADVISOR – INDUSTRIES

2. HON. BETTY KAMYA – SENIOR PRESIDENTIAL ADVISOR – LANDS

3. PROF. EPHRAIM KAMUNTU – SENIOR PRESIDENTIAL
ADVISOR – ECONOMIC AND MANIFESTO IMPLEMENTATION

4. HON. SARAH KANYIKE – SENIOR PRESIDENTIAL ADVISOR – KAMPALA

5. GEN. ELLY TUMWINE – SENIOR PRESIDENTIAL ADVISOR – SECURITY

NRM SECRETARIAT:

1. HON. RICHARD TODWONG – SECRETARY GENERAL NRM

2. HON. ROSE NAMAYANJA – DEPTY SECRETARY GENERAL NRM

3. HON. OUNDO NEKESA – NATIONAL TREASURER NRM

SIGNED this …………………..day of ………, in the Year of our Lord Two thousand Twenty One (2021).

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
PRESIDENT AND CHAIRMAN OF THE
NATIONAL RESISTANCE MOVEMENT

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