Iguru Announces New Cabinet

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Bunyoro Kitara King Solomon Gafabusa Iguru has named a new cabinet more than a month after a controversy surrounding his appointments forced him to suspend his ministers.

Bunyoro Kitara King Solomon Gafabusa Iguru has maintained his old cabinet members in the final list announced on Thursday evening.
The Kingdom Prime Minister Reverend Jackson Nsamba Kasozi announced the final cabinet list and heads of the different boards in a press conference.

In the new cabinet, the Omukama increased the number of deputy prime ministers from two to three. He also created new ministries, among them Ministry of youth and children and Ministry of works, building, skills development and industry. He also gave health an independent ministry separate from Gender, as it has been.

The final cabinet list brings an end the drama in August, when a new cabinet was announced and disbanded within three days. On August 18, a letter signed by the Omukama was leaked to the media announcing a new cabinet. Three days later the King wrote another letter halting the new cabinet members from taking office.

The two letters raised controversy with some sources alleging that some officials had fabricated the cabinet list in the kingdom. However kingdom officials did not confirm or deny the allegations. They have since maintained that the Omukama wanted to revise the cabinet basing on regional balance, religion and capability.

However, an analysis of the final list indicates that only two ministers in the previous list have made it back. These are Harriet Businge Mugenyi, minister of education and sports and Fred Wandawa Abalimwoyo, her deputy.

The previous list had Francis Mugerwa, a Daily Monitor journalist as kingdom information minister, and Shem Byakagaba, a prominent lawyer and director Kitara Heritage Development Agency-KHEDA as Attorney General. It also had Hoima businessman Richard Baguma as Finance Minister.

None of these people featured in the final list. The king instead maintained the old cabinet members including lawyer Ham Mugenyi as Attorney General and Godfrey Sseguja for Finance and Planning. Journalist Francis Ssewante of Kagadi Kibaale Community Radio-KKCR was named Deputy prime minister and Information minister, a position that had been given to Francis Mugerwa in August.

Other ministers in the final list are Blasio Mugasa as deputy prime minister and minister for lands and Proscovia Bamutura, who was appointed deputy prime minister and Minister for investment among others.
Announcing the new cabinet, Prime Minister Kasozi re-emphasized that this was a genuine and authentic list.

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The new cabinet will be sworn in on September 27 this year. URN could not readily talk to ministers who did not appear in the final list, though they had been appointed in August. But Francis Mugerwa last week said he had written to the king declining his appointment as information minister. The journalist cited ethical considerations and advice from his employers, The Daily Monitor.