Ssekandi dropped as Museveni picks FDC boss for ministerial job

Vice President, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi is part of a list of at least 11cabinet ministers who have been dropped by President Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhabrwa Museveni has he named his executive for the 2021/26 government.

Late on Tuesday, the presidecy released a list showing Museveni’s picks for his new cabinet, naming Katakwi Woman MP, Jessica Alupo as Ssekandi’s successor.

The list has 32 cabinet ministers and 50 state ministers, including the Kakumiro Woman MP, Robinah Nabbanja as a replacement for Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda as Prime Minister.

Both Alupo and Nabbanja will be vetted by Parliament during its Thursday morning plenary sitting.

Museveni also, sent shock waves to the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) with the nomination of their vice-president (Buganda) as state minister for ICT.

Also replaced, as the minister in charge of the presidency is Esther Mbayo. Her role is now going to be played by Miriam Babalanda. Maj. Gen Jim Muhwezi, the Rujumbura Member of Parliament has replaced Gen Elly Tumwine- who has been serving as Security Minister since 2018. 

For the position of Minister for General Duties in the Prime Minister’s Office, the former NRM Secretary General, Justine Kasule Lumumba, has replaced Mary Karoro Okurut. For the position of Minister for Karamoja, Mary Goretti Kitutu, who has been serving as the Minister of Energy, has replaced John Byabagambi.  

The Attorney General William Byaruhanga has also lost his position to the President’s personal lawyer, Kiryowa Kiwanuka. On the other hand, Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja who has been the minister for Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries has replaced Adolf Mwesige as Minister of Defense. 

The long-serving Minister of Foreign Affairs Sam Kutesa- will not be part of this cabinet as his roles have been taken over by Gen. Jeje Odongo who has been the Internal Affairs Minister. Judith Nabakooba, the former minister in charge of ICT and the National Guidance will play the role of minister of Lands Housing and Urban Development replacing Beti Olive Kamya who has been named senior presidential advisor on Land. 

Also sacked is the Minister of Trade Industry and Cooperatives Amelia Kyambadde whose position has gone to Francis Mwebesa.            


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