Activist cheers ‘scandal king’ Jim Muhwezi disgraceful fall

Jim Muhwezi

A lawyer and activist argues that with the kind of scandals Maj Gen Jim Muhwezi has been involved in over the years, he doesn’t qualify to be re-appointed a minister.

President Yoweri Museveni unceremoniously dropped Jim in the 2016 cabinet and even phased out his Information and National Guidance ministry.

Jim has already disgracefully been defeated in parliamentary elections for fighting against former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and opposition leader Kizza Besigye.

His wife Susan Muhwezi told her friends that Museveni had lost a pro-people person.

A group of youth from Rukungiri last week petitioned President Museveni expressing disappointment over Cabinet appointments.

The youth told the president that Rukungiri contributed highly to his presidential win but they were not represented in the Cabinet.

The president is yet to answer their petition.

Andrew Karamagi, a lawyer and activist says reducing service delivery to individuals is an indictment on everything NRM has done.

He said it was “regrettable that some people are calling for the reappointment of a man who has been involved in scandal after scandal”.

Jim featured in the 2008 Global Fund scandal where Shs25bn was stolen.

The money was meant to buy TB and malaria drugs but was allegedly pocketed by Jim and his deputy Mike Mukula.

Falling from grace

Jim was originally appointed minister to neutralise Amama and Besigye and destroy their grassroots in Kigezi region.

Museveni was told, according to a source, to empower Jim with a powerful position inorder to fight opposition and secure his re-election.

The president was also told that Jim had the money to survive hence giving him a token would not work.

That is how Jim in 2015 came to take charge of the information ministry replacing Rose Namayanja who had been given a juicy position at the NRM secretariat.

Jim spent sleepless nights fighting Amama and Besigye all through the campaign period only to be disgraced with a painful sacking and dissolution of his ministry.

The source says Museveni knew Henry Tumukunde could do the same work Jim was doing hence promoting him to Lieutenant General and retiring him from the army.

Tumukunde was also rewarded with a ministry to take charge of security; Jim was not needed anymore.

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