Kadaga Defends Cabinet Expansion

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In short
Joseph Ssewungu, Kalungu MP and Democratic Party DP whip in parliament, says the expansion of cabinet will not solve the problems in government.

The speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has defended the expansion of cabinet, saying the creation of new ministries will boost service delivery. 

The new cabinet positions include the Minister for Kampala, the Minister in charge of Science, Technology and Innovation, Minister for Karamoja Affairs and the Minister for Information, ICT and Communications.

These were previously state portfolios under the president's office and Office of the Prime Minister. Also created were positions for the State Minister for Kampala Capital City, Minister of State for Cooperatives, Minister of State for Veteran Affairs and Minister of State for East African Affairs. The posts are pending parliamentary approval.

Speaking at the women's national dialogue organised by the Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE), Kadaga said the split of some ministries to create new ones is aimed at improving service delivery to citizens.

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She also said it is high time that a woman is appointed to the position of third deputy prime minister to champion the cause of women.

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However, the Leader of Opposition, Winnie Kizza says the country can do more with minimal ministers since a lot of money goes into running a large cabinet. According to Kizza, the opposition is opposed to the expansion of cabinet/

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Joseph Ssewungu, Kalungu MP and Democratic Party (DP) whip in parliament, says the expansion of cabinet will not solve the problems in government.

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Kenneth Lubogo, the Bulamogi County MP also says the government request to increase the number of ministers doesn't send a good message to the electorate.

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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.