KABALE– The appointment of 6 Ministers from the Kigezi sub region has drawn mixed reactions from the natives of the region.
President Museveni on Tuesday made a reshuffle where 38 incumbent ministers were dropped and the former Education minister and retired army Major Jessica Alupo as Vice President and named outgoing Junior Health Minister for General Duties Robinah Nabbanja as Prime Minister.
For the past five years, the region had only three ministers who included David Bahati of State for Planning, Dr Chris Baryomunsi of State for Housing and Dr Philemon Mateke of State for Regional Cooperation and Rt Hon. Dr Ruhakana Rugunda as Prime Minister.
Rt Hon. Dr Ruhakana Rugunda as Special Envoy for Special Duties in the Office of the President, David Bahati as state for Industry, Dr Chris Baryomunsi as Minister of communication, technology and National Guidance, Sarah Nyirabashitsi Mateke as State Minister for Gender, Labour and Social Development (Children affairs), Henry Musasizi as State Minister of Finance Planning and Economic Development (General Duties) and Rtd. Major General Jim Muhwezi Minister of office of president (security).
Sheikh Kassim Kamugisha the Kabale Municipality NRM flag bearer calls upon the newly appointed Ministers from Kigezi to work hard to see that the NRM manifesto is implemented now if they are to be serving one government since fighting one another won’t deliver service.
He says that most of the appointments in the new cabinet are young people. This shows that President Museveni wants to bring back the leadership to the young people.
Sheikh Kamugisha says that the appointment of Dr Rugunda as Special Envoy for Special Duties office of the President Dr Rugunda has been promoted by President Museveni to a level of a de facto President or substantive Vice President as he is not answerable to anyone part from the President.
Nelson Nshangabasheija the Kabale District Boss says Kigezi sub region natives are grateful for President Museveni for the appointments with hopes that they will serve the area to the community needs.
Nshangabasheija says that President Museveni for giving Kigezi region such Ministers is the best reward for the overwhelming support of the NRM.
“We’re grateful the President recognized our 80% support to the NRM and rewarded us with a gift of such Ministers. We garuantee to give the party 90% in the coming election” Said Nshangabasheija.
Hon. Sarah Nyirabashitsi Mateke the Kisoro Woman MP State Minister for Gender, Labour and Social Development (Children affairs) is grateful to President Museveni for appointing her to this position stressing that she has been put to a docket she is experienced in since she has been advocating for children rights.
“Am ready to serve the country the good thing is that I have been put in a docket that I have expertise as I have for long been an advocating for children rights” said Mateke.
Hon. David Bahati says that he is grateful upon President Museveni’s renewal of confidence in him and colleagues to drive the industrialization agenda that is meant to transform the country’s economy.
Abel Bizimana the Kisoro District boss says that Kisoro residents are so delighted for president Museveni appointing their own Nyirabashitsi, daughter to the outgoing state Minister of Regional cooperation Dr Philemon Mateke saying she is the right choice.
Bizimana is optimistic that Nyirabashitsi being an educationist gives her an upper hand in handling the children docket very well as well with her vast experience in leadership.
According to him, the District has been yawning for someone to follow up presidential pledges made to the Bafumbira adding that now Mateke is in the system, all will be easy for them.
Bizimana wants President Museveni to answer their other pleas of pardoning former Inspector General of police General Edward Kale Kayihura and redeploy him in CDF’s office as General David Muhoozi’s replacement.
“It’s like most of the debts that he has been having with the people of Kisoro are being fulfilled forexample the appointment of Mukiza as Director general of Uganda investment authority. Now our dear President, we ask you to work upon Kayihura issues” Bizimana lamented.