The outgoing minister for Northern Uganda, Rebecca Otengo surprised people when she asked her fellow colleagues to clap for the defeat suffered by many ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) ministers in the recently concluded elections.
Although her request fell on deaf ears, Otengo On Friday while handing over her office to Grace Kwiyucwiny as new state minister for Northern Uganda said it should be a learning lesson for NRM leaders to deliver services to the citizens.
More than 17 ministers were reported to have been defeated in the February 18, 2016 parliamentary elections according to the EC results.
They include: Fred Ruhindi (Attorney General), Dr. Crispus Kiyonga (Defence), Vincent Nyanzi (state minister in the office of the Vice President) Jessica Alupo( Education), Rose Akol (internal affairs), Kamanda Bataringaya (state minister for labour), Kahinda Otafiire (justice and constitutional affairs) and Rukiah Nakadama (state minister for gender).
Others are: Flavia Munaba (state minister for environment), Irene Muloni (energy and mineral development) Michael Werikhe (state minister for trade), Asuman Kiyingi (state minister for regional affairs) Rebeca Otengo (state minister for northern Uganda), Alex Onzima (state minister for local government), Nekesa Oundo (state minister for Karamoja affairs, Henry Banyenzaki (state minister for economic monitoring and Fred Omach (state minister for finance).
Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, who presided over the handover of all ministers event in his office at the Office of the Prime Minister asked the new ministers not to frustrate service delivery through bureaucracy and protracted paper work.
First Lady Janet Museveni, now Education minister also handed over the portfolio of minister for Karamoja Affairs to Mr John Byabagambi.