Bunyoro King Expands Cabinet

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The Omukama of Bunyoro Kitara Solomon Gafabusa Iguru has in a surprise move expanded his cabinet to the original 17 ministers, two months after he trimmed it to only nine ministers. In February this year, through the then Acting Prime Minister, Fr. Bonny Kyaligonza, the Omukama announced he had cut his cabinet size saying this was due to resource constraints.

The Omukama of Bunyoro Kitara Solomon Gafabusa Iguru has in a surprise move expanded his cabinet to the original 17 ministers, two months after he trimmed it to only nine ministers.

In February this year, through the then Acting Prime Minister, Fr. Bonny Kyaligonza, the Omukama announced he had cut his cabinet size saying this was due to resource constraints.

Each of the nine ministries had a number of departments under it and these departments were headed by people the acting premier said had skills in line with the respective department.

But in a sharp contrast on Friday morning, while unveiling the new premier to the kingdom council-- Orukurato, the Omukama announced a 17 member cabinet.

The king did not explain why he had turned around barely few months after he trimmed his cabinet in February.

Although the king retained all the nine ministers in the February cabinet, uncertainty hangs over the future of the 20 departmental heads placed under each of the ministries.

The king, who is the sole appointing authority, did not mention them anywhere as he announced his new cabinet.

The new cabinet now comprises of the prime minster, his two deputies and ministers.

Meanwhile the Omukama swore in Reverend Jackson Kasozi Nsamba as the new prime minister replacing Engineer Yabezi Kiiza who retired in January because of ill-health.

The king tasked the new prime minister to always ensure annual audit reports for transparency and accountability of the kingdom finances. The Omukama said the kingdom has always had a problem with funders who demand audit reports and the kingdom cannot provide.

He also asked him to work at healing the colonial land injustices especially in Kibaale district.

Kasozi pledged to work hand in hand with the central government to ensure that the kingdom concerns especially on land are addressed.

Kasozi becomes the seventh Bunyoro Kingdom prime minister since the kingdom was restored about 18 years ago.