President Drops UPC Ministerial Appointee

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According to sources, Ruth Nankabirwa, Government chief whip wrote to the Parliaments Appointments Committee, tasked with vetting of ministerial appointees, withdrawing the appointment of Achieng.

President Yoweri Museveni has dropped one of the opposition ministerial appointees.

Joy Ruth Achieng, former Kole Woman MP and a member of the opposition Uganda People's Congress (UPC) had been appointed as State Minister for Fisheries.
 
According to sources, Ruth Nankabirwa, Government chief whip wrote to the Parliament's Appointments Committee, tasked with vetting of ministerial appointees, withdrawing the appointment of Achieng.
 
"The Speaker read to us a letter from Nankabirwa, stating that the President had withdrawn Achieng's appointment. She did not give reasons for the action," one of the MPs on the committee told URN on condition of anonymity.
 
Achieng did not appear before the committee as scheduled on Thursday afternoon.
 
URN has learnt that the decision to drop Achieng stemmed from a heated meeting between Museveni and MPs from Lango sub region at State House, Entebbe on Thursday.
 
Some of the MPs who attended the meeting confirm that the Lango MPs expressed bitterness over the appointment of Achieng and Lands Minister, Betty Amongi to cabinet.
 
"The legislators wondered why the President opted to reward the opposition yet they canvassed for support during the 2016 elections. They felt left out in favour of the opposition," one of the MPs who attended the meeting revealed.
 
The MPs are reported to have given an ultimatum to Museveni to drop either Amongi or Achieng or lose their support. Following consultations, it was reportedly agreed that Amongi, also Oyam South MP, is retained and Achieng dropped.
 
Amongi was the last minister to be vetted by the committee. She said even though in opposition, her role, just like opposition members in local government, is to implement programmes that benefit the people.
 
//Cue In: All the people...
Cue Out:... programmes//
 
Meanwhile, two ministerial appointees were not vetted. They include 1st Deputy Prime Minister-designate General Moses Ali, who is reportedly unwell. State Minister in charge of International Affairs, Henry Okello Oryem is out of the country on official duty.
 
The committee is expected to set a new date to vet them. In total, 77 ministers were vetted.
 
They await to be sworn in before commencing with official duty.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.