President should have downsized his cabinet

By Daudi Zirimala

Politicians have challenged government’s proposal to merger authorities, commissions and agencies saying these are soft targets which don’t have political crowds .

Speaking about the rationalization of agencies, former spy Chief David Pulkol said that if Government wanted to commit to saving resources, the president would have began with his own house by downsizing the number of ministers and ministries, downsizing number of RDCs and government advisors.

Pulkol says that government would not be spending more money if numbers of districts, members of parliament are reduced because currently government of Uganda directly spends 17% of its total budget to service delivery provision at the local government level, minus administrative cost.

He says that scrapping off useless ministries, districts, municipals among other will improve service delivery in the country through saving resources that would have been spent on emolument of these officers.

Parliament to vet new members of cabinet today

The vetting exercise for newly appointed members of cabinet starts today as the Appointment Committee of parliament reviews credentials of 17 out of the 81 cabinet nominees.

The committee chaired by Speaker of Parliament will sit for three days to complete the process.

According to a vetting schedule issued by the Clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirige, each minister will interface with the committee for at least 20 minutes.

The ministers to be vetted today include Gen Moses Ali (1st Deputy premier), Kirunda Kivejinja (2nd Deputy Premier), Janet Kataaha Museveni (Education), Muruli Mukasa (Public Service), Amelia Kyambadde (Trade, Industry and Cooperatives),  Jeje Odongo (Internal Affairs), Vincent Ssempijja Bamulangaki (Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries).

The others are Mathias Kasaija (Finance), Sam Kutesa (Foreign Affairs), Dr. Aceng Jane (Health), Eng. Monica Ntege Azuba (Works and Transport), Sam Cheptoris (Water and Environment), William Byaruhanga (Attorney General), Frank Tumwebaze (Information, ICT and Communication), Ruth Nankabirwa Sentamu (Government Chief Whip), D’Ujanga Simon (State for Energy) and David Bahati (State for Planning).

The meeting of the Appointments Committee will be preceded by the Approval of the Prime Minister by the whole house this morning.  Dr Ruhakana Rugunda was reappointed to the post in a cabinet named last week by President Yoweri Museveni.

Parliament’s Principal Information Officer Moses Bwalatum says that upon his approval, the Prime Minister will lead debate on a motion seeking parliament’s approval for the increase in the number of ministers.

The motion is expected to be tabled by Kiboga Woman MP, Ruth Nankabirwa-the government Chief Whip-designate.

This’ after a National Resistance Movement (NRM) parliamentary caucus sitting on Friday passed a resolution, giving the president retrospective authority to increase the number of ministers. During the meeting, president Museveni requested the MPs to allow him expand the size of cabinet from the 81 ministers appointed last week to 88 ministers.

The President said that this is intended to restructure large ministries and departments to make them efficient and accelerate service delivery in the country.

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Ministers who kissed cabinet goodbye

Over 30 Ministers were dropped as President Yoweri Museveni named a new cabinet. Most of the dropped ministers are former members of parliament who lost seats in the just concluded general elections.

Below is the list of dropped Ministers.

1.Jessica Alupo- Minister of Education

2.Henry Kajura- Minister for Public service

3.Rebecca Amuge OtengoMinister of State for Northern Uganda

4.Rose Akol-Minister of Internal Affairs

5.Abraham Byandala- Minister of Works

6.James Baba-State minister for internal affairs

7.Dr Cripus Kiyonga- Minister of Defense

8.Maria Mutagamba- Minister of Tourism, wildlife and antiquities

9.Tarsis Kabwegyere- Minister of General Duties office of the prime minister

10.Tress Buchanayandi- Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry & Fisheries

11.Daudi Migereko- Minister of lands,Housing and Urban Development

12.Engineer John Nasasira-Minister for ICT

13. Henry Banyenzaki – Minister of State for Economic Monitoring

14.Vincent Nyanzi- Minister of State in the Vice President’s Office 

15.Sam Engola- Minister of State for housing

16.Barbara Nekesa Oundo- Minister of state for Karamoja affairs

17.Christine Amongin- State Minister for Teso affairs

18.Fred Ruhiindi- Attorney General

19.Asuman Kiyingi-State Minister for regional cooperation

20.Zerubabel Mijumbi Nyiira –Minister of State for Agriculture 

20.Kamanda Bataringaya-Minister of State for Primary Education

22.Fred Jachan Omach- Minister of State for Finance, Planning and Economic Development

23.Aston Kajara- Minister of State for Privatization

24.Caroline Okao Amali- Minister in charge of micro-finance,

25.Lukia Isanga NakadamaMinister of State for Gender and Culture

26.Sulaiman Madada-State Minister for Elderly and disabled

27.David Wanendeya – Minister of state for trade

28.Flavia Nabugera Munaaba- Minister of State for Environment

29.Sarah Opendi- State Minister for Health

30.Thembo Nyombi- State Minister for ICT

31. Mbaguta Ssezi- Minister of Public service

 

 

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