Elders and Leaders from Acholi sub-region have hailed President Yoweri Museveni’s decision to retain Grace Freedom Kwiyucwiny in the Cabinet as a positive development and an affirmation of his commitment to gender parity.
The Elders led by Andrew Lawoko who described President Museveni as a visionary principal who easily acknowledged Kwiyucwiny’s diligence, doubtlessly assert that retaining the latter as the State Minister for Northern Uganda will not only transform the region but adjoin government’s efforts in progressing the country given her constructive leadership.
‘’ We are lucky to have Museveni as our President and identifying persevering Kwiyucwiny to serve this region as a minister. Museveni has been at the helm of promoting gender equality in Northern Uganda among other aspects and indeed we have achieved a lot under the NRM leadership that even the blind can see the development’’, added Lawoko.
Hon. Kwiyucwiny, the former Woman Member of Parliament representing the Zombo District for the last ten years was reappointed last week by President Museveni as the State Minister for Northern Uganda, a position she was first allotted on 6 June 2016.
The elders in the region argue that this reappointment simply proves that the good efforts she put into the Northern Region are fruitful and therefore need not be interrupted.
“Kwiyucwiny was given the opportunity to work hard towards national development in the Northern Uganda, something that she is good at.Ever Since Gen.Salim Saleh introduced this team to her and challenged us to come up with the 5 year development programme for Acoli sub Region, she took on the challenge with both hands and worked tirelessly with us guiding us through the process to see that we meet the challenge head on. We did go a long way and are now looking forward to the next stage’’, Lawoko stated further.
He added that working as a team they want to make sure the next 5 years see them practically implement and achieve the goals that they have theoretically on paper following NDP 3 guidelines.
Hon. Kwiyucwiny studied at Makerere University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Management and a Master of Business Administration.
She was the first Woman Constituency Member of Parliament that Zombo District elected, since it was carved out of Nebbi District in 2009.
Prior to legislative and Ministerial work, she was selected to the committee to investigate the alleged plunder of Zoka Forest in Adjumani District. The four-person team was selected by Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, and chaired by Mary Karooro Okurut, the then Cabinet Minister for General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister. Other members were Betty Amongi, the former Minister for Lands, Housing and Urban Development and Sam Cheptoris, the Minister for Water and Environment.