Mixed Reactions in Busoga To New Cabinet

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Politicians in Busoga have expressed mixed feelings about the new cabinet. President Museveni unveiled a largely unchanged cabinet on Wednesday bringing back former ministers Professor Tarsis Kabwegyere, John Nasasira, Sam Kutesa, and Mwesigwa Rukutana, and also bringing on board new and young faces.

 Politicians in Busoga have expressed mixed feelings about Wednesday’s cabinet reshuffle.

The opposition politicians think the fight against corruption and hope for a new leadership in the 2016 presidential elections without President Yoweri Museveni, have been dealt a blow by the new cabinet.
 
President Museveni unveiled a largely unchanged cabinet on Wednesday bringing back former ministers Professor Tarsis Kabwegyere, John Mwoono Nasasira, Sam Kutesa, and Mwesigwa Rukutana, and also bringing on board new and young faces.

Among the new faces in cabinet is Kibaale MP Frank Tumwebaze who has been named Minister for the Presidency. Nwoya MP Richard Twodong also joins cabinet as Minister without Portfolio, while Ernest Kiiza is the Minister for Bunyoro Affairs.

Some of the sitting ministers affected by the reshuffle include Maria Mutagamba who has been moved from Water and Environment to Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities. She was replaced by Prof Ephraim Kamuntu.
 
Omar Daktur Bongo, a member of the ruling National Resistance Movement party and Mayuge LC5 Chairperson, says the president erred to return Nasasira, Kutesa, and Rukutana into cabinet. The three were forced to step aside during a parliamentary oil sector investigation over allegations of corruption in October 2011.

He says although Kutesa was acquitted of corruption charges by courts of law, in the eyes of the international community he will not be trusted. Bongo says that even the corruption fight have been affected by the cabinet reshuffle.

Meddy Mbentyo, a Forum for Democratic Change spokesperson in Eastern Uganda, says there is unlikely to be any change in 2016 since most ministers have retained their seats and the ones who had been dropped have been returned.

He picks out Kabwegyere, a 71 old minister for Gender, Labour
& Social Affairs, questioning how he will fit in the youth programmes and have passion for them in Uganda.

Robert Kanusu, a member of the Uganda People’s Congress, says it is a politicking cabinet reshuffle. He says by appointing Frank Mwebaze, and Richard Todwong  as full ministers, yet they have been very critical of the way NRM government has been doing things, the president is trying to silence critical voices within the party.

Magidu Dhikusooka, Vice Chairman NRM Jinja district, however says the cabinet reshuffle is broad-based and on merit. He says the people given ministerial posts have worked for them and deserve to serve Ugandans in the positions they have been given.
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