By Leilah Bbaale
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has tasked the new Cabinet with five targets to focus on in the next five years.
These according to Museveni are cohesion, a corruption free Uganda, integration, patriotism and service delivery.
Museveni laid down the five targets in his speech to the Ministers who took oath today during a ceremony that took place at the Kololo Independence Grounds.
Some of those sworn in on Monday include; Vice President Maj. Rtd Jessica Alupo, Prime Minister and Leader of Government Business Robinah Nabbanja, Second Deputy Prime Minister Moses Ali, Third Deputy Prime Minister Lukia Nakadama, Minister of Education and Sports Janet Kataha Museveni and Maj. Gen. Rtd Jim Muhwezi the Minister of Security. The others include; Hajati Misa Kabanda, the Minister for Kampala Capital and Metropolitan Affairs, Justine Kasule Lumumba, the Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister in charge of General Duties, Thomas Tayebwa the Government Chief Whip, Frank Tumwebaze the Minister of Agriculture, Animal and Fisheries and others.
The function followed last week’s vetting process by Parliament’s Appointments Committee chaired by Deputy Speaker Anita Among.
“This is a cabinet of cohesion in the system. I want the program of National Resistance Movement- NRM to be implemented enthusiastically. It must be a cabinet of no corruption. You people should be careful. There is nothing I don’t know. I appeal to the Ministers not to ask for anything from anybody. If you want to be durable leaders, don’t seek and accept favor from anybody. And don’t tolerate corruption under you,” warned Museveni.
The President added that the third mission of the new Cabinet is integration and that this is the reason why he appointed his ‘sister’ Rebecca Kadaga as Minister of East African Affairs assisted by Ikuya Magode as Minister of State for East African Affairs.
He said that the Cabinet must resolve the issue of market for products in the EAC. The President also tasked the new cabinet to be patriotic and a team that shows concern.
Museveni noted that there is no need for one to go into public office if they don’t have a public spirit. He said that parasites should be out of public service.