President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has dropped 35 ministers from his cabinet and appointed his wife a slot.
The president who extended his rule in Uganda into the fourth decade earlier this year announced his cabinet on Monday. Some of the ministers who were dropped are: Daudi Migereko (Lands), Henry Muganwa Kajura (Public Service), Chrispus Kiyonga (Defence), Rose Akol (Internal Affairs), Fred Ruhindi (Attorney General), Maria Mutagamba (Tourism), John Nasasira (ICT), Jim Muhwezi, (Information) and Tress Bucyanayandi (Agriculture).
The only ministers who retained their jobs were; Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, Vice President Edward Ssekandi, Matia Kasaija (Finance), Gen Kahinda Otafiire (Justice), Irene Muloni (Energy) and Sam Kutesa (Foreign Affairs).
He also appointed his wife who had been Ruhama MP for quite some time as minister of education and sports. She will be replacing Ms Jessica Alupo, another minister who was dropped by the president.
Others appointed include: Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde (Security), Dr Ruth Jane Aceng (Health), Eng Ntege Azuba (Works) and Mr William Byaruhanga (Attorney General), Hajj Abdul Nadduli, the former Luweero District chairperson (Minister without Portfolio), among others.
There’s still a long way to go regarding the appointment of cabinet members. The appointed ministers have to be approved by the Parliamentary Appointment Committee.
Meanwhile the Vice President and Prime Minister have to face the committee of the Whole House in order to be approved.