The parliamentary appointments committee over the week spat fire against president Museveni over his recent cabinet reshuffle.
The committee chaired by speaker Rebecca Kadaga has thus directed the parliament clerk Jane Kibirige Lubowa to carry out an intense statistical analysis of the recent reshuffle before a formal report to Museveni is generated.
The committee wants to meet him and pour its dissatisfactions before him over what they termed as ‘unfriendly’ cabinet!
The committee, though passed all nominees, wants Museveni to desist from this kind of appointments in case he does a reshuffle again.
The appointments committee met to consider the recent ministerial nominees and the appointments made to the judiciary.
Among the ministers who were vetted included Chris Baryomunsi, Phelemon Mateke, David Bahati, Evelyn Anite and Jim Muhwezi.
Prof. Takodori didn’t appear on grounds that he was away and his approval has since shifted to Monday next week when the committee will meet again to also consider the names of National Oil Authority which were recently dust binned by the committee.
Our sources confirmed to us that before the nominees were called in, the committee chaired by Kadaga first had a heated debate over the appointees.
The debate was started by Oyam south MP Betty Amongi Akena [UPC] who raised a preliminary objections demanding that the appointments be rejected.
She informed the committee that the cabinet actually doesn’t in any way reflect national character with only western having benefited and yet the constitution obliges the head of state to ensure proper integration of Ugandan people when making national appointments.
“The framers of the constitution wanted this done in terms of appointments. I think we need to examine this cabinet. Does it represent Uganda? Are we going to sit on this table and violate this principle in broad day light?,” she was quoted fuming in the committee.
At this juncture, the UPC lady was joined by even Museveni’s members. She was actually supported by members including Simon Aleper, Patrick Nakabaale, Atwooki Kasirivu and Elly Tumwine!
The committee noted that a close scrutiny of the cabinet indicated that most posts went to the west. The members added that the few positions that went to the rest of Uganda were even inconsequential.
“It is unfortunate that most people who matter [rest of Uganda] were either dropped or transferred to other ministries. Those who were given good ministries through the transfers are now happy because they cannot come back here for vetting again. They were state ministers but are now full ministers in big ministries,” sources quoted members in the committee.
The committee then agreed to direct the clerk to carry out a statistical analysis of the cabinet, permanent secretaries and all ambassadors.
The idea is that after this analysis, the committee is going to meet again and resolve on penning a letter to Museveni demanding a meeting with him to debate the appointments he made.
Sources told us that this decision was backed by Museveni’s men on the committee.
Tumwine for example chipped in and claimed that much as members were accusing the west of getting all posts, facts are that even those of state minister posts went to a particular region [kigezi].
“I agree with you members. I think the president in appointing this cabinet was strategic because most of these state ministers he brought are from one region in the west” he was quoted ranting.
Another NRM MP Atwooki Kasiriivu added that; “when the clerk is doing those statistics, she should give Bunyoro statistics separately because in most cases, we are bundled up in this thing called west yet we are suffering. We are always swallowed as people from west!”
The committee however, nearly went bitter with Sheema woman MP Rose Nyakigongoro who tried to block this decision of further probing the cabinet.
She claimed that it wasn’t necessary but member verbally descended on her.
The MP who attacked her properly was Jack Wamai Wamanga [FDC] who with support of members asked Nyakigongoro to abandon her path.
“Why don’t you declare your interest? Who doesn’t know where you come from? Is it because you come from greater Bushenyi where all powerful ministries were taken? The minister for water Kamuntu, minister for health Tumwesigye, minister for security Karooro, minister for general duties [OPM] all come from Bushenyi! What don’t you see?” Wamai was quoted telling off Nyakigongoro who lost words immediately.