Newly appointed Minister without Portfolio Hajji Abdul Nadduli, 74, and opposition Uganda Federal Alliance leader Betty Kamya, Minister for Kampala City Authority, have welcomed their appointment by President Yoweri Museveni.
President Museveni named an 80-person and 26-woman Cabinet that includes new faces like Dr Aceng Jane (Minister of Health) dropping old faces like Jessica Alupo, Chrispus Kiyonga, Henry Kajura, Henry Banyezaki and Tress Buchanayandi, and about 30 more ministers.
The excited Nadduli has welcomed his appointment by President Yoweri Museveni and promised to use the position to steer the nation forward.
“Yes I have been appointed because I am a very hard working man and know how to go about the business of running a country,” Nadduli is quoted, as saying.
He added: “I am going to be very instrumental in guiding the nation and advising on how to implement the NRM manifesto.”
In the same spirit, Kamya praised President Museveni for making the “right choice” and putting her in charge of Kampala.
She is quoted by media saying Kampala needed a level-headed person with good management skills.
Kamya said this is why she was Museveni’s best choice for Kampala.
She said her appointment is a step towards achieving a unity government.
Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has already warned Kamya not to dare interfere with his job.
Lukwago said that if Kamya’s mission is to disrupt him or interfere with his work, then she should ready for a fight because he is also ready to protect his job.
“She should not dare cross my path if her mission is to interfere with my work because I’m also ready to fight back,” said Lukwago.
He also wants Kamya to explain why Kamya betrayed members of the opposition and cross over to the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).
However, in her response, Kamya insists she’s still an opposition member and also still the president of Uganda Federal Alliance (UFA).
“Minister has her job so is the Lord Mayor. If we work within the law, then there will be no clash. I have not joined NRM,” said Kamya, a 2011 presidential contender.