Opposition Questions Cabinet Composition

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In short
Out of the 30 senior ministerial positions, 20 are individuals from the Western region, followed by the Central region with five senior ministers. The Eastern region follows suit with 3 ministers while Northern has only two.

The Opposition in Parliament has questioned the composition of the Cabinet, following a reshuffle by President Yoweri Museveni early this week.
 
On Sunday, President Museveni reshuffled Cabinet, dropping Maria Kiwanuka as Finance Minister and Peter Nyombi as Attorney General, while appointing new individuals to different portfolios.
 
Out of the 30 senior ministerial positions, 20 are individuals from the Western region, followed by the Central region with five senior ministers. The Eastern region follows suit with 3 ministers while Northern has only two.
 
There are currently 49 ministers of state, with 18 from the Eastern region; 12 from Western; 11 from central while Northern has 8 in cabinet.
 
Raising the matter of regional imbalance during the Prime Minister's question time, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Wafula Oguttu says the Cabinet in its current form is not representative and reflective of Uganda as a whole.
 
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In response, the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda explained that it is the prerogative of the President to appoint ministers as he chooses, regardless of their regional affiliation.
 
Dr. Rugunda stressed that the country should focus on how the ministers will deliver services in the sectors where they have been deployed.
 
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