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Rugunda sworn in as PM, sets out priorities

By Vision Reporter

Added 2nd October 2014 12:10 PM

Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Uganda Thursday in a ceremony at State House Entebbe.

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Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Uganda Thursday in a ceremony at State House Entebbe.


By Apollo Mubiru

ENTEBBE - Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Uganda Thursday in a ceremony at State House Entebbe.

He took oath of alligence before President Yoweri Museveni.

Parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved the appointment of Rugunda as Uganda's new premier following the sacking of Amama Mbabazi by the president on September 19. Mbabazi, who is also ruling party NRM's secretary general, served as Prime Minister for three years.  

He has congratulated his successor and said he "will give him my full support."

On his part, Rugunda said he will prioritize service delivery, transformation and job creation to absorb skilled youth. “The country is peaceful. There is no reason to continue walking when we should be running," he said.

Rugunda took two oaths at a ceremony conducted by the Secretary to the Cabinet and head of public service, John Mitala.

In the first oath, the new Prime Minister undertook to be faithful and bear true allegiance to his nation and to preserve, defend and protect the Constitution.

In the second, he pledged to freely give counsel and advice to the President of Uganda and his lawful successors.

He also vowed not to divulge sensitive information that would come to his knowledge as he executes his duties.

Rugunda has been widely described as a reliable and honest politician.


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