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Day August 15, 2012

The New cabinet line-up is not a real Reshufle and is a luxury Uganda can’t afford- Eric Kashambuzi


1. Eighty cabinet members: ministers (32) and ministers of state (48) is a luxury Uganda can’t afford. Administrative costs are going to eat deep into development funds leaving insufficient resources for development. The faces or names are the same. This is a cabinet that serves political and not development purposes.

2. To be effective and efficient ministers should be assigned to ministries for which they are qualified. Many of the ministers are qualified and experienced but are in wrong ministries, compromising their performance.

3. The Vice President should have been given a full ministry to engage him visibly and reduce size of the cabinet.

4. At a time when the economy is in trouble, an experienced economist in public and private partnership should have been among the top three. Two lawyers and a political economist or political scientist at the top is not the right mix.

5. Planning and economic development should have been split from finance in view of the Five Year National Development Plan (NDP), leaving finance to mobilize resources to fund the Plan. In the present setting planning is a junior partner to finance.

6. It is difficult to reach decisions with such a huge cabinet unless the head of government simply dictates decisions.

7. The way the cabinet is structured, it will be difficult to effect inter-ministerial and intra-ministerial coordination. We live in an interconnected environment and compartmentalization as shown in the cabinet reshuffle is out of fashion.

In a globalized world, countries that have capacity to negotiate and influence deals in national interests will survive. The cabinet line-up doesn’t give that impression right away.


ERIC KASHAMBUZI

NEWYORK

—————————————————————————————————
GOVERNMENT AS AT 15TH AUGUST, 2012

1. PRESIDENT &
COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF – YOWERI KAGUTA
MUSEVENI

2. VICE PRESIDENT – EDWARD SEKANDI

3. Rt. Hon. Prime Minister – AMAMA MBABAZI

4. 1st Deputy Prime Minister &
Minister in-Charge of
East African Affairs – KATEGAYA ERIYA

5. 2nd Deputy Prime Minister &
Minister of Public Service – KAJURA HENRY
MUGANWA

6. 3rd Deputy Prime Minister &
Deputy Leader of Government
Business in Parliament – ALI MOSES

7. Minister of Security – MUKASA MURUULI
WILSON

8. Minister In-charge of
the Presidency – TUMWEBAZE
FRANK

9. Minister for Karamoja – MUSEVENI
JANET KATAAHA

10. Minister in Charge of
General Duties/Office of
the Prime Minister – NASASIRA
MWOONO JOHN

11. Minister of Disaster
Preparedness and
Refugees – MALLINGA
STEPHEN

12. Minister of Information
and National Guidance – BUSINGYE MARY
KAROORO OKURUT

13. Minister of Agriculture,
Animal Industry and
Fisheries – BUCHANAYANDI
TRESS

14. Minister of Defence – KIYONGA CRISPUS

15. Minister of Education
and Sports – ALUPO JESSICA
ROSE EPEL

16. Minister of Energy and
Minerals – MULONI IRENE

17. Minister of Finance and
Economic Planning – KIWANUKA MARIA

18. Minister of Works and
Transport – BYANDALA
ABRAHAM JAMES

19. Minister of Justice – KAHINDA OTAFIIRE
& Constitutional Affairs

20. Attorney General – NYOMBI PETER

21. Minister of Gender, Labour
& Social affairs – KABWEGYERE
TARSIS

22. Minister of Trade,
Industry & Cooperatives – KYAMBADDE
AMELIA ANNE

23. Minister of Water and
Environment – KAMUNTU
EPHRAIM

24. Minister of Lands,
Housing and Urban
Development – MIGEREKO DAUDI

25. Minister of Health – ONDOA
CHRISTINE

26. Minister of Foreign
Affairs – KUTESA
KAHAMBA SAM

27. Minister of Information
& Communications
Technology – RUGUNDA
RUHAKANA

28. Minister of Local
Government – MWESIGE ADOLF

29. Minister without
Portfolio in-charge of
Political Mobilization – TODWONG
RICHARD

30. Government Chief Whip – KASULE JUSTINE
LUMUMBA

31. Minister of Tourism
Wildlife and Antiquities – MARIA
MUTAGAMBA

32. Minister of Internal Affairs – ONEK HILARY

MINISTERS OF STATE:

Office of the President:

1. Minister of State for
Economic Monitoring – BANYENZAKI
HENRY

2. Minister of State for
Ethics and Integrity – LOKODO SIMON

Office of the Vice President:

3. Minister of State
Vice President’s Office – NYANZI VINCENT

Office of the Prime Minister:

4. Minister of State for
Relief and Disaster
Preparedness – ECWERU MUSA
FRANCIS

5. Minister of State for
Northern Uganda – AMUGE OTENGO
REBECCA

6. Minister of State for
Karamoja – OUNDO NEKESA
BARBARA

7. Minister of State
for Luwero Triangle – NAMAYANJA
NSEREKO ROSE

8. Minister of State for
Teso Affairs – AMONGIN APORU
CHRISTINE HELLEN

9. Minister of State for
Bunyoro Affairs – KIIZA ERNEST

Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

10. Minister of State for
International Affairs – ORYEM OKELLO

11. Minister of State for
Regional Affairs – KIYINGI ASUMAN

Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries

12. Minister of State for
Agriculture – NYIIRA
ZERUBABEL
MIJUMBI

13. Minister of State for
Fisheries – NANKABIRWA
SENTAMU RUTH

14. Minister of State for Animal
Industry – RWAMIRAMA
K. BRIGHT

Ministry of Education and Sports

15. Minister of State for Sports – BAKABULINDI
CHARLES

16. Minister of State for Primary
Education – KAMANDA
BATARINGAYA

17. Minister of State for
Higher Education – MUYINGO JOHN
CHRYSOSTOM

Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development:

18. Minister of State for Energy – D’UJANGA SIMON

19. Minister of State for Minerals – LOKERIS AIMAT
PETER

Ministry of Finance, Planning & Economic Development:

20. Minister of State for Finance
(General) – JACAN OMACH
FRED MANDIR

21. Minister of State for Planning – KASAIJA MATIA

22. Minister of State for
Investment – AJEDRA GABRIEL
GADISON ARIDRU

23. Minister of State for
Privatization – KAJARA ASTON
PETERSON

24. Minister of State for Micro-
Finance – AMALI OKAO
CAROLINE

Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development:

25. Minister of State for Gender
and Culture – ISANGA LUKIA
NAKADAMA

26. Minister of State for Youth and
Children Affairs – KIBUULE RONALD

27. Minister of State for Labour,
Employment and Industrial
Relations – RUKUTANA
MWESIGWA

28. Minister of State for Elderly
and Disability: – MADADA
SULAIMAN

Ministry of Health:

29. Minister of State for
Health (General) – KATAIKE
SARAH NDOBOLI

30. Minister of State for
Primary Health Care – OPENDI OCHIENG
SARAH

Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development:

31. Minister of State for
Housing – ENGOLA SAM

32. Minister of State for
Urban Development – NAJJEMBA
ROSEMARY

33. Minister of State for
Lands – NANTABA
AIDAH

Ministry of Trade and Industry:

34. Minister of State for
Trade – WAKIKOONA DAVID

35. Minister of State for
Industry – MUTENDE
SHINYABULO JAMES

Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities:

36. Minister of State for
Tourism – AKIROR AGNES

Ministry of Water and Environment:

37. Minister of State for Water – ATUKU BIGOMBE
BETTY

38. Minister of State for
Environment – NABUGERA
MUNAABA FLAVIA

Ministry of Works and Transport:

39. Minister of State for
Transport – CHEBROT
STEPHEN CHEMOIKO

40. Minister of State for
Works – BYABAGAMBI
JOHN

Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs

41. Deputy Attorney General – RUHINDI FRED

Ministry of Defence

42. Minister of State for
Defence – ODONGO JEJE

Ministry of Internal Affairs

43. Minister of State for
Internal Affairs – BABA JAMES

Ministry of ICT

44. Minister of State for
Communication (ICT) – NYOMBI TEMBO

Ministry of Local Government

45. Minister of State for
Local Government – AADROA ALEX
ONZIMA

Ministry of Public Service

46. Minister of State for
Public Service – SSEZI PRISCA
MBAGUTA

Ministry of East African Affairs

47. Minister of State for
East African Affairs – SHEM BAGAINE

48. Dr. Nduhuura Richard – AMBASSADOR TO
THE UN, NEW YORK

AMAJO MARY PRINCIPAL PRIVATE SECRETARY TO
THE PRESIDENT

SIGNED this …………………..day of August, in the Year of our Lord Two Thousand Twelve.

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA

Omar Kalinge’s Statement on the Police Search for Weapens in his car on Katonga Road, Lower Nakasero


MY OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON THE POLICE SEARCH FOR WEAPONS THAT WAS MOUNTED ON MY CAR ON KATONGA ROAD, LOWER NAKASERO, KAMPALA, YESTERDAY AUGUST 14TH 2012, 7.46 PM – 9.00 PM.

Kampala August 15, 2012

Omar Dawood Kalinge-Nnyago

Cell: +256 703 851 851 Email: omarkalinge@gmail.com

On Tuesday August 14th 2012, at 7.46 pm, as I drove from an Iftar Dinner (Breaking the fast) for Muslims at the Inter Party Cooperation (IPC) offices at 6, Katonga Road, Lower Nakasero, Kampala, where one of my offices is situated, I was intercepted by a fleet of five Police Patrols vehicles and three unmarked civilian cars with armed un-uniformed occupants. They were under the command of one officer Ruhweza, whom I suppose is the DPC at Kampala Central Police Station. He knows me very well and I know him too. There was also another yellow taxi occupied by suspicious ‘security personnel’ in plain clothes.

In the car, a double cabin Toyota Hilux pickup was part of my family. At the back of the car prayer mats that had been used during the Iftar dinner and Evening Prayer, (Maghrib) and empty pails that had carried the juice for the guests.

Ruhweza asked me to follow him to the Central Police Station, CPS, to have my car searched for illegal weapons. I asked him whether he had the authority to do so. He replied that he was a police officer in uniform who was carrying out lawful orders. I inquired about the un-uniformed armed men that were surrounding me. He said I needed not to worry about them. Some of the faces of the armed men in plain clothes were well known to me from the kiboko squad days. By this time a crowd was growing around us.

Sensing that this could be an illegal operation, in fact a possible attempt on my life, I, as the Current Chair of the Inter Party Organisation for Dialogue, IPOD, and member of the IPOD Security Committee, called Inspector General of Police, Lt. Gen Kale Kayihura to ask whether the search had been ordered by him. [IPOD is a dialogue platform with a permanent secretariat for the six political parties represented in Parliament. The parties are Conservative Party, Democratic Party, Forum for Democratic Change, Justice Forum (JEEMA, to which I am the Secretary General/National Coordinator), National Resistance Movement and Uganda Peoples Congress. IPOD is supported by the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy, NIMD].

Kayihura’s phone was answered by his assistant who asked me what the matter was, because the IGP was in a meeting. I explained to the assistant that I had been intercepted by officer Ruhweza and a large number of policemen in uniform and armed men in civilian clothes. He told me that the IGP would call me back shortly. Since yesterday he has not. I am signing off this written statement at 5.15pm, today Wednesday 15th August, 2012, after giving the Inspector General of Police sufficient benefit of the doubt.

After failing to get Kale Kayihura directly, although I had initially accepted to drive with Ruhweza to the CPS, I changed my mind. All the time the recent shootings of innocent civilians in Kampala were flashing in my short memory. I knew I would be the next item on the news. In the meantime, one zealous police officer had drawn a gun at me, without sufficient cause, but was restrained by Officer Ruhweza, an action I must record appreciate.

After a long hustle, we agreed that the vehicle be searched from where we were blocked, at the end of Katonga Road, towards Fairway Hotel. In the meantime, a crowd was growing and traffic had come to a standstill along Katonga Road. The un-uniformed armed men kept on threatening my family which had by now been ordered out of the vehicle despite my protestation. I objected to simultaneous search of the vehicle, as past experience has shown that it is possible for a corrupt police officer to plant evidence if keen attention is not paid. We locked the Cabin of the car to isolate it.

The search began with the open pickup end – the prayer mats and food utensils were thrown disrespectfully on the tarmac and trampled upon by the errant police officers. After the search, the police ordered my family to load the items. My wife refused and asked my children – my eldest daughter, Fatmah Omar (nearly 16), and two of my sons (twin brothers), Ahmad Qassim Omar (nearly 15), Bashir Omar Omar (nearly 15) and dependants – Abdul Wahab (10) and Qassim Masembe (7) not to do so.

A police officer threatened to beat her up and a scuffle ensued – she was physically assaulted but another sober officer restrained the errant officer who was asked to step aside “… and leave the lady alone”. The police officers reloaded the items.

The second sector that was searched was the cabin itself. The third and last sector that was checked was the bonnet (where the engine is housed). All the searches yielded nothing. Without apology, or any sense of remorse, officer Ruhweza commanded his troops to drive off. On my way home I was trailed by several security cars, a yellow taxi (cab) and several men on boda bodas (motorcycles). Another suspicious grey Totoya Premio car with tinted windscreens and disfigured number plates was found parked in-front of my house and has kept passing infront of my gate at regular intervals since yesterday. My family is traumatized and my daughter, Fatmah Omar in particular, has been very affected by this nasty experience. I am making this statement for four reasons.

1. The local and international public ought to know exactly what happened to me and part of my large family, when a search for weapons that yielded nothing was done on my car and the issues surrounding it.

2. I think my life and freedom and the welfare of my family is in danger, since this is the first time in a very long time that a public citizen’s car, who has never been involved in any security breach, has been searched for “weapons”. (Not even Dr. Kizza Besigye’s car has ever been searched for weapons or even Mathias Mpuuga’s the leader of an outlawed activist group, A4C). What was the source of the information that officer Ruhweza acted upon, and what was the motive of the search that the Inspector General of Police IGP, Kale Kayihura has not been able to own up? Incidentally, officer Ruhweza in a telephone conversation with JEEMA President, Counsel Asuman Basalirwa, has denied ever having searched my car!. Police spokesperson Ibn Senkumbi, on the other hand had told a journalist that indeed there was a search that was conducted on my car, but that no arrests were made as nothing was found. There is something fishy here.

3. I believe there the Police intended to intimidate me, my family and the persons who attended the Iftar Dinner that was held yesterday. Iftar dinners have been organized in Uganda before, by different individuals and organisations. In fact, on Monday, August 13th 2012, (the day before this ugly incident) some members of my own family attended an Iftar Dinner at State House, Entebbe, the President’s residence. Nobody searched any one’s car after that dinner. In my car at the time of the search yesterday, there were other invitations extended to me and my spouse to an Iftar Dinner by the American Embassy due tomorrow, August 16, 2012 at a private residence. What is so special about this Iftar Party that was held yesterday at my offices, that would warrant the search of my car for weapons?

4. To demand an official explanation from the Inspector General of Police who knows me very well I suppose, and who had earlier in our meetings at IPOD, provided me with the telephone number I called him on, to which call he has not responded until now.

# Omar Dawood Kalinge-Nnyago

Kampala

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