By Henry Mukasa
PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni yesterday announced the long-awaited portfolios for the ministers due to swear in this morning.
A number ministers in the old Cabinet were switched to new ministries, giving it a slightly new look. New ministries were also created and some split or merged.
Apart from the Vice-President Prof. Gilbert Bukenya and the Prime Minister, Prof. Apolo Nsibambi, only eight ministers retained their old portfolios. Henry Kajura kept the post of Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public of Service, Sam Kutesa, foreign affairs, Beatrice Wabudeya, the Presidency, Namirembe Bitamazire, Education and sports, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, internal affairs, Dr Ezra Suruma finance, John Nasasira works and Dr Khiddu Makubuya justice, constitutional affairs and Attorney General.
Eriya Kategaya bounced back to his old position as First Deputy Prime Minister but this time in charge of East Africa Affairs.
Veteran politician Kirunda Kivejinja was named Third Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Information and National Guidance. He has been minister of information before.
Dr. Crispus Kiyonga moved to defence as Amama Mbabazi took over security. Kiyonga has been minister without portfolio.
Syda Bumba, who has been under fire at energy and minerals for the power crisis, has moved to gender, labour and social affairs. She is replaced by Daudi Migereko.
Adolf Mwesige was promoted to full minister for general duties in the Office of the Prime Minister, while Tarsis Kabwegyere took over relief and disaster preparedness from Moses Ali. Maj. Gen. Kahinda Otafiire replaced him in local government.
Janat Mukwaya moved from agriculture to trade and industry, while Maria Mutagamba, who was state minister for water, was elevated to full minister for water and environment. New faces in the Cabinet who are full ministers include Omara Atubo (lands, housing and urban development), Dr Steven Mallinga (health), Dorothy Hyuha (without portfolio), Hamu Muliira (Information Communication Technology), Hillary Onek (agriculture, animal industry and fisheries), while NRM party Chief Whip is Kabakumba Masiko.
Fred Mukisa bounced back to reclaim his former post as state minister for fisheries while Gen. Salim Saleh has been handed micro-finance.
Mwesigwa Rukutana moves from the powerful finance ministry to labour. Peter Lokeris who was almost permanent minister for Karamoja moves to primary education and Werikhe Kafabusa from energy to housing.
Omwony Ojwok moves from economic monitoring to planning; Tom Butime from communication to Karamoja and Richard Nduhura from local government to health.
Isaac Musumba moved from finance to regional affairs as former information minister and government spokesman Nsaba Buturo took over ethics under the VPâ€™s office.
Museveni distributes Cabinet posts
PRESIDENT: Yoweri Museveni
Vice President: Prof. Gilbert Bukenya
PM Prof. Apolo Nsibambi
First DPM and Minister in Charge of EA Affairs: Eriya Kategaya
Second DPM and Minister of Public of Service: Henry Kajura
Third DPM and Minister of Information and National Guidance: Kirunda Kivejinja
Minister for Security: Amama Mbabazi
Presidency: Beatrice Wabudeya
General Duties (OPM): Adolf Mwesige
Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries: Hillary Onek
Defence: Dr Crispus Kiyonga
Relief and Disaster Preparedness: Tarsis Kabwegyere
Education and Sports: Namirembe Bitamazire
Energy and Minerals: Daudi Migereko
Internal Affairs: Ruhakana Rugunda
Finance: Dr Ezra Suruma
Works: John Nasasira
Justice, Constitutional Affairs and AG: Dr Khiddu Makubuya
Gender, Labour and Social Affairs: Syda Bumba
Trade and Industry: Janat Mukwaya
Water and Environment: Maria Mutagamba
Lands, Housing and Urban Development: Omara Atubo
Health: Dr Steven Mallinga
Foreign Affairs: Sam Kutesa
Minister of communication and information communication technology (ICT): Hamu Muliira
Local Government: Maj. General Kahinda Otafiire
Without Portfolio: Dorothy Hyuha
Chief Whip: Kabakumba Masiko
MINISTERS OF STATE:
Agriculture: Kibirige Ssebunya
Fisheries: Fred Mukisa
Animal Industry: Maj. Bright Rwamirama
Higher Education: Gabriel Opio
Primary Education: Peter Lokeris
Sports: Charles Bakabulindi
Energy: Simon Dâ€™Ujanga
Minerals: Kamanda Bataringaya
Finance (General Duties): Fred Omach
Planning: Omwony Ojwok
Microfinance: Salim Saleh
Investment: Prof. Ssemakula Kiwanuka
Privatisation: Chekamondo Rukia
Foreign Afairs (International Affairs): Okello Oryem
Regional Affairs: Isaac Musumba
Gender (Women) Rukia Isanga
Youth: James Kinobe
Labour: Mwesigwa Rukutana
Disabilities: Sulaiman Madada
Health (General): Richard Nduhura
Primary Health Care: Dr Otaala Emmanuel
Housing: Werikhe Kafabusa
Urban Development: Urbane Tibamanya
Lands: Atwoki Kasirivu
Office of the VP: Economic Monitoring): Kagimu Kiwanuka
OVP (Ethics): Nsaba Buturo
Office of PM (Relief and Disaster preparedness): Musa Ecweru
OPM (Northern Uganda): David Wakikona
OPM (Karamoja): Tom Butime
OPM (Luwero Triangle): Nyombi Thembo
Trade, Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities: Wambuzi Gagawala
Industry: Ephraim Kamuntu
Tourism: Serapio Rukundo
Water: Jenipher Namuyangu
Environment: Jessica Eriyo
Transport: Simon Ejua
Works: John Byabagambi
Defence: Ruth Nankabirwa
VP Office: James Baba
Internal Affairs: Matia Kasaija
Justice: Fred Ruhindi
ICT: Nsambu Balintuma
Local Government: Hope Mwesigye
Public Service: Sezi Mbaguta