State House has moved swiftly to update an outdated profile of the first Janet Museveni on the official State House website after Uganda Radio Network pointed it out in a story today. Until today the website, www.statehouse.go.ug, profiled Museveni as president of Uganda 2011-2016 while Janet was still Member of Parliament for Ruhaama County and Minister for Karamoja Affairs.
Until today, the website maintained outdated profiles of both President Yoweri Museveni and wife and education minister, Janet Museveni.
According to the website www.statehouse.go.ug, Museveni was reflected as president of Uganda 2011-2016 while Janet was still Member of Parliament for Ruhaama County and Minister for Karamoja Affairs. This, almost two years after the 2016 elections after which Janet retired as MP and was also moved from Karamoja to take up the education docket.
Janet bowed out of elective politics in 2016 when she decided not to seek a third term as Member of Parliament for Ruhaama County in Ntungamo district. She was succeeded by William Beijukye Zinkuratire who died in November last year. He has since been succeeded by Moses Mugabe Kahima, a ruling NRM candidate in a by election that took place early this month.
"Janet Kataaha Museveni born June 24, 1948 is the First Lady of Uganda since May 1986. She is married to Yoweri Museveni, with whom they have four children. She is the current Minister for Karamoja Affairs in Uganda's Cabinet. She was appointed to that position on 27 May 2011. She is also the elected Member of Parliament representing "Ruhaama County", Ntungamo District," this was the opening paragraph of the First Lady's profile.
The opening paragraph of the updated profile says, "Janet Kataaha Museveni born June 24, 1948 is the First Lady of Uganda. She is married to Yoweri Museveni, with whom they have four children. She is the current Minister of Education in Uganda's Cabinet."
When contacted senior presidential press secretary, Don Wanyama said the website is supposed to be under maintenance. "That website is supposed to be under maintenance. I don't know whether the maintenance has been finished but it was supposed to be updated after that maintenance. That is not the correct profile of the president," he said.
The profile of President Museveni has also been updated The State House opening paragraph of Museveni profile reads; "Yoweri Kaguta Museveni became President of the Republic of Uganda on January 29, 1986 after leading a successful five-year liberation struggle. He went to the bush with 26 other young men and organised the National Resistance Movement and National Resistance Army (NRM/NRA) to oppose the tyranny that previous regimes had unleashed upon the population."
Before the update, the opening paragraph read; "He came to power after a successful five year guerrilla struggle. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has now been President of Uganda for 26 years. He has stood for democratic elections four times and won and he is still going strong."