Parliament Approves Newly Appointed Ministers

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Parliament has today vetted and approved seven newly appointed ministers. The approved include Philemon Mateke, the incoming minister for Regional Cooperation, David Bahati as State Minister for Planning, Vincent Ssempijja as State Minister for Agriculture and others.
The others vetted include the incoming Minister for Youth and Children Affairs Evelyn Anite, State Minister of Health Chris Baryomunsi, Information Minister Jim Muhwezi and State Minister for Higher Education Tickodri Togboa.

Parliament on Wednesday vetted and approved seven newly appointed ministers. The approved include Philemon Mateke, the incoming minister for Regional Cooperation, David Bahati as State Minister for Planning, Vincent Ssempijja as State Minister for Agriculture and others.
 
The others vetted include the incoming Minister for Youth and Children Affairs Evelyn Anite, State Minister of Health Chris Baryomunsi, Information Minister Jim Muhwezi and State Minister for Higher Education Tickodri Togboa.
 
Ministers Jim Muhwezi, Vincent Ssempijja, Philemon Mateke and Tickodri Togboa were individually vetted. Ministers Chris Baryomunsi, David Bahati and Evelyn Anite appeared jointly before the committee.
 
The new Information and National Guidance Minister Jim Muhwezi dispelled any concerns over his competence by stating that his training as a lawyer makes him capable to perform as Information minister.
 
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Newly appointed State Minister for Agriculture Vincent Sempijja said that he is to first ensure that the policy on irrigation goes through cabinet to cub drought.
 
He added that the appointments committee was concerned about funding of the agricultural sector, mechanization of agricultural and other issues. He pledged to demand for more budget allocation for the sector.
 
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"We shall definitely have zero tolerance for corruption and if it means arresting those who are corrupt we shall do so and produce them before the court of law. It is true we have seen structures collapsing before they are officially opened. I think together with my fellow minister of health we shall not tolerate corruption," said Chris Baryomunsi, the new State Minister for Health.

On Tuesday, Parliament blocked a motion by Obongi County MP Hassan Kaps Fungaroo that sought to block the vetting of newly appointed ministers citing regional imbalance in the cabinet.

20 of the 30 senior cabinet ministers are from Western region, five from central, 3 from East and 2 from North.
 
Fungaroo's motion hit a snag after Parliament didn't have the required quorum of 125 members of parliament to discuss a motion.
 

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.

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