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Journalists blocked, roads closed, security tightened, staff thrown out as Janet enters office


Janet at State House Entebbe during the inauguration of ministers

A section of Journalists were Monday morning denied access to the Education ad Sports Ministry as First Lady officially takes over office as new minister.

Some journalists who turned up Monday morning to cover the handover ceremony were turned away by mean looking security operatives on grounds that they were not on the list of journalists to cover the First Lady’s functions.

Apparently, only journalists from government owned media houses like New Vision and UBC were cleared to cover the event.

Parts of roads leading to the ministry offices including Parliament Avenue and King George VI Way were also closed and manned with tight security.

An internal memo issued last week to all staff members said , “ ….that in order to ensure security on that day [June 27], no staff members except the ministers (Ms Alupo and Ms Museveni) and PS/ES will be allowed to park in the parking lot. You are therefore advised to find parking elsewhere to avoid any inconveniences.”

In the same vein, staff will not be allowed to enter the building with electronic gadgets namely; mobile phones, pads, laptops etc.

All staff will be expected to deposit those gadgets at a desk that will be manned by security at the entrance on Ground Floor until after the ceremony.

President Yoweri Museveni recently named his wife as the new minister for Education and Sports, taking over from Ms Jessica Alupo, who was among the 35 ministers dropped from Cabinet after she failed to defend her Katakwi District Woman MP seat in Parliament.

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