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Abed Bwanika to cut Cabinet to 30

By Vision Reporter

Added 28th October 2010 03:00 AM

THE Peoples Development party (PDP) presidential candidate, Abed Bwanika, says he will have a lean Cabinet if he wins next year’s election.

THE Peoples Development party (PDP) presidential candidate, Abed Bwanika, says he will have a lean Cabinet if he wins next year’s election.

By Patrick Jaramogi

THE Peoples Development party (PDP) presidential candidate, Abed Bwanika, says he will have a lean Cabinet if he wins next year’s election.

Bwanika, who officially launched his campaign in Kyadondo East, Wakiso district yesterday, said he would reduce the number of ministers from the current 70 to fewer than 30.

“We have realised that the huge number of Cabinet ministers impacts on providing funds for key issues like health, education and roads,”

Bwanika said the funds saved would be channelled in developing education, roads, and health sectors.

Eight presidential candidates, including incumbent President Yoweri Museveni are in the race for the top job. Elections are slated for February 18.

Bwanika said his campaign strategy will entail reaching out to the people rather than ferrying multitude of supporters to campaign rallies.

“We are using the symbol of a bell to signify the end of Museveni’s regime and a start for Dr. Abed Bwanika,” he said in Mpererwe where he held his first rally. Bwanika also addressed rallies in Kitezi, Nangabo and Kansangati, Bwanika, Gayaza and Kiira.

“Our manifesto seeks to improve the per capita earning of every Ugandan to at least sh20m in the next 25 years. We shall also increase the life expectancy to 70 years from the current 48 years,” he said.

He said under the 25-year master plan, electricity and water coverage will hit 100% with all households having access to piped water.

Bwanika said his party will empower the National Planning Authority to review the National Development Plan, which he described as personalised to meet the interests of a few individuals.

“We shall prepare a physical development plan to guide and determine the strategies for rural and urban areas. It is time to wipe out jiggers in Busoga and end the regime that brought them,” he told the supporters at Kitezi trading centre.

He said his party will nationalise four local languages to ease debate in Parliament.

“It is sad that many MPs end their terms in Parliament without saying a word because they don’t understand English,” he said.

Julius Musoke, a butcher in Mpererwe, said he would vote for Bwanika for his brilliant ideas. “The fact that he is promising to give each household piped water is good enough,” he said.

Suzan Tinkasiimire, a vendor in Mpererwe market, said: “We are tired of politicians who attack others. This young man has lured me. He has nice ideas like giving homes electricity to avoid depleting the forests for fuel,” she said.

Bwanika, who will head to Mityana and Mpigi this weekend before embarking on the Eastern leg, said his campaign would concentrate on Buganda.

He promised to end his rallies by 6:00pm.


Abed Bwanika to cut Cabinet to 30

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