Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has appointed a new cabinet of 80 ministers with slight changes. He appointed his wife, First Lady Janet Museveni as the Education and Sports Minister.
The Head of State also appointed opposition member and one time presidential aspirant Betty Kamya minister in charge of Kampala Capital City. He rewarded Evelyn Anite with the Privatisation State Minister docket.
Anite, a former broadcaster, is the woman who passed the Museveni sole candidate motion that saw Mbabazi’s presidential bid on an NRM docket shuttered.
Betty Kamya had in the past contested with Museveni under FDC & own party, as Minister for Kampala. The Head of State also retained his old guard that he has served with since 1986.
They include Tumukunde Henry (Security), Adolf Mwesigye (Defence), Kahinde Otafiire (Justice), Sam Kutesa (Foreign Affairs), Jeje Odongo (Internal Affairs), Kirunda Kivejinja (2nd Deputy Prime Minister) and Moses Ali as 1st Deputy Prime Minister.
Betty Amongi, a member of opposition UPC, was named as Minister for Lands and Housing. With the new appointments, Janet Museveni will now be in charge of one of the ministries that allegedly takes the biggest chunks of Uganda’s yearly budget.
Museveni also reappointed his Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi and Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda. He also retained Matia Kasaija and Irene Muloni as the important finance and energy ministers, respectively.
A statement from President Museveni’s office announced on Monday.
“In Exercise of Powers conferred on the President of Uganda by Articles 108(1), 108 (2), 113(1), 114(1) and Article 99(1) of the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, I have appointed the Vice President, the Prime Minister, created new Departments of Government (Ministries); and appointed Cabinet Ministers and Ministers of State.”
President Museveni, 71, has been at Uganda’s State House for 30 years. He was announced the winner of the February presidential election with 60 per cent of the vote and sworn in for a new term on May 12.
Major rival Kizza Besigye slammed the results. He called the election a farce, accusing Museveni of embarking on massive rigging, intimidation by security forces and use of state funds to buy votes. He was charged with treason after he led his own swearing-in ceremony where he called himself the president of Uganda.