and Henry Mukasa
PRESIDENT Yoweri has named a new cabinet, bringing in six new faces from Parliament and redeployed some ministers to the Movement Secretariat.
In the changes announced by State House yesterday, Museveni dropped ministers Kirunda Kivenjija, Prof. Edward Rugumayo, Gerald Ssendaula and Dr. Fabius Byaruhanga from Cabinet and assigned them other duties.
Kivenjinja returns to the Movement Secretariat as deputy National Political Commissar and Director of foreign affairs while trade and industry minister Rugumayo takes up a new assignment as ambassador to France.
Byaruhanga, who has hitherto been fisheries state minister has been named the director of economic affairs at the Movement Secretariat.
The new entrants to Cabinet are Dr. Ezra Suruma (Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development), MPs Charles Bakabulindi (Sports), Nyombi Thembo (primary education), Beatrice Zirabamuzaale Magola (Luweero Triangle), Simon Mayende (Higher Education), Igeme Nabeeta (Trade) and Wanjusi Wasieba (Fisheries).
Suruma has been a director of economic affairs at the Movement Secretariat.
He replaces long-serving Ssendaula, who was earlier reported to have applied for retirement. He has been appointed senior presidential adviser on financial affairs.
Bakabulindi, as chairman of the Movement Caucus helped to win support for the Movement in Parliament.
He replaces Okello Oryem who is now state minister of foreign affairs in charge of international cooperation.
Thembo, a former Kampala Movement chairman and Busia RDC before joining Parliament, has been a Movement grassroots mobiliser and recently tabled a motion in Parliament to scrap secret voting.
He replaces primary education state minister Namirembe Bitamazire, now the Minister of Education and Sports.
MPs Zirabamuzaale (Iganga Woman) and Igeme (Jinja Municipality east) come from Busoga, where ministerial representation dropped after the death of Basoga Nsadhu (Information) and the resignation of former Vice-President Dr. Wandira Kazibwe.
Mayende has been parliamentâ€™s defence and internal affairs committee chairman, while Wasiebaâ€™s re-appointment is widely seen as a reward to Bugisu region after the loss of former foreign affairs minister James Wapakhabulo.
Education minister Khiddu Makubuya becomes justice and constitutional affairs minister, which has been merged with that of the Attorney General.
Defence minister Amama Mbabazi has been holding the Attorney Generalâ€™s portfolio since the death of Francis Ayume last May.
Former justice minister Janat Mukwaya has been named the Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, replacing Dr. Kisamba Mugerwa who got an international job.
Investment state minister Sam Kutesa has been appointed Minister of Foreign affairs.
Others elevated are Beatrice Wabudeya, a former state minister for higher education who moves to the Office of the President.
Daudi Migereko moves from energy to become the minister of Trade, Industry, Tourism and Wildlife.
Adolf Mwesige, a former minister in the office of the Vice-President, has been appointed the deputy Attorney General, a new portfolio not provided for in the Constitution.
Those transferred are Maj. Tom Butime from state for international cooperation to state minister for communication.
He has been acting foreign affairs minister since Wapakhabuloâ€™s death.
Prof. Semakula Kiwanuka, who has been in the Prime Ministerâ€™s office (Luweero), is now the state minister for finance in charge of investments.
Dr. Phillip Byaruhanga who was the state minister for local government has been transferred to the Vice-Presidentâ€™s office, replacing Mwesige. He has been replaced by Dr. Richard Nduhuura who has been state minister for trade.
Those who retained their portfolios are Dr. Gilbert Bukenya (Vice- President), Prof. Apolo Nsibambi (Prime Minister), Lt. Gen. Moses Ali (First Deputy Premier and Minister of Disaster Preparedness), Henry Kajura (Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Public Service), Prof. Mondo Kagonyera (Prime Ministerâ€™s office) and Amama Mbabazi (Defence).
Others are Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda (Internal Affairs), Betty Akech (Security), John Nasasiira (Works, Housing and Communications), Syda Bbumba (Energy and Mineral Development), Bakoko Bakoru (Gender, Labour and Social Development), Kahinda Otafiire (Water, Lands and Environment), Brig. Jim Muhwezi (health) Tarsis Kabwegyere (Local government) and Dr. Crispus Kiyonga (Minister without Portfolio/National Political Commissar).
State ministers who retained their posts are Dr. Nsaba Buturo (Information), Prof. Omwony Ojwok (Economic monitoring), Tim Lwanga (Ethics and Integrity), Hope Mwesigye (Parliamentary Affairs), Christine Aporu (Disaster Preparedness), Peter Lokeris (Karamoja Development), Grace Akello (Northern Uganda), Kibirige Sebunya (Agriculture), Mary Mugyenyi (Animal Husbandry), Kamanda Bataringaya (Mineral development) and Isaac Musumba (Planning).
Others are Peter Kasenene (Privatisation), Mwesigwa Rukutana (Finance-general duties), Agard Didi (Entandikwa), Nshimye Sebutulo (Regional Cooperation), Dr. Alex Kamugisha (Primary Health), Capt. Mike Mukula (Health-general duties), Kezimbira Miyingo (Internal Affairs), Henry Obbo (Labour), Okot Ogong (Youth and Child Affairs), Sam Bitangaro (Gender and Culture), Florence Nayiga (Elders and Disabled), Okumu Ringa (Public Service) and Benigna Mukiibi (Pensions).
Also retained are Jennifer Namiyangu (Industry), Akaki Ayumu (Tourism), Ruth Nankabirwa (Defence), Andruale Awuzu (Transport), Francis Babu (Housing), Mary Mutagamba (Water), Baguma Isoke (Lands) and Lt. Gen. Jeje Odongo (environment).
The President also appointed Amaelia Kyambadde his Principal Private Secretary, replacing Joan Magezi.
Kagonyera learnt about the reshuffle at The New Vision and could not withhold his joy when he realised that he was retained.
â€œI am extremely pleased that the president has found it fitting to retain me. I look forward to serving the president loyally and the government and the people of Uganda to the best of my ability.â€
He said the line-up did not surprise him.
â€œEverybody has been put in a position where they can best serve this country,â€ he said.
Thembo said, â€œI thank the appointing authority. It is a great deployment for a cadre. I will do my best.â€
Zirabamuzaale said, â€œI am happy. I have been working for my people who elected me and mzee must have realised that this woman is hard working.â€