Mpuuga to Museveni; instead of ministers, equip ICUs

The Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LOP), Mathias Mpuuga has challenged the National Resistance Movement (NRM) to reconsider its desire to increase cabinet and put resources to financing key priority areas in the country.

On Thursday, Parliament voted to increase the number of ministers from a constitutional total of 42 cabinet and state ministers to 80 ministers.

This came days after President Yoweri Museveni convinced members of the NRM parliamentary caucus to endorse his desire to have 38 more ministers than the number provided for under Articles 113(2) and 114(2) of the Constitution.

To Mpuuga, this is a failure on the part of government to get its priorities right, especially now when country is facing a surge in Covid-19 infections.

“Covid-19, a predictable National crisis. It is two since the pandemic’s outbreak but we are still talking about lack of ICU beds in Mulago hospital. 80 ICU beds in the National Referral is criminal,” Mpuuga said.

He argued that in such times, the NRM ought to be focusing on the country’s urgent needs such as improving the facilities for managing Covid-19 patients as opposed to focusing on rubber-stamping a proposal that lacks significance to Ugandans.   
Mpuuga disclosed that he has embarked on the process of mobilizing parliamentarians to demand accountability from government of all funds allocated towards the management of Covid-19.

Mpuuga was speaking during the funeral of John Bosco Kavuma, a celebrated economist who succumbed to Covid-19 early this week.

Kavuma was buried at Lwemisege village in Sembabule district. He is credited to have been key in the drafting of the National Development Plan (NDP) III


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