Legislators across the political divide have today, Tuesday, 14th June 2016 overwhelmingly supported a Motion for the approval of Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda as the Prime Minister of Uganda.
This approval follows the reappointment of Dr. Rugunda as Premier by President Yoweri Museveni following the February 2016 general elections.
Article 108(a) of the Constitution provides for ‘the appointment by the President, with the approval of Parliament by simple majority, of a Prime Minister from among MPs or persons qualified to be elected MPs’.
Kiboga District Woman MP, Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa who moved the Motion said that Dr. Rugunda is a man of respect who was nurtured, groomed and became an important Ugandan.
“He is forthright, a great thinker, not up to intrigue and accommodates all. This does not mean he is complacent and gullible,” she said.
She said that Dr. Rugunda’s relationship with the head of Parliament is very cordial making the working relationship between the Executive and the Legislature a simple and good one.
Hon. Jimmy Akena (UPC, Lira Municipality) said Dr. Rugunda is a nationalist and accessible to all persons. He added that Rugunda has not been involved in any scandal for all the years he has served the country.
“He has held high profile offices for a very long time and nothing negative or scandalous has come out on him,” Akena said.
Hon. Helen Asamo (NRM, PWDs) described Dr. Rugunda as a team player who delegates whenever he is not available in the House or in the country. She said that the incoming Premier is a man of humility.
“Hon. Rugunda is not a ruler, he is a leader. Rulers in most cases are dictators.”
Hon Felix Okot Ogong (NRM, Dokolo South) said that Ndugu Rugunda is a man of peace and a freedom fighter who loves his country. He said leaders like him must be identified at an early age.
“He was identified, groomed, tutored and mentored by former President Milton Obote and that is why we have him here as the Prime Minister,” he said.
Hon. Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda (FDC, Kira Municipality) urged the Prime Minister to be more aggressive in his position adding that his niceties are sometimes a problem.
“I invite the Prime Minister to be more assertive this time. You do not run government by making friends every day, you need to be decisive and assertive. How can a civil servant ignore a directive of the Prime Minister?” Ssemujju added.
According to the Constitution, the Prime Minister is the Leader of Government Business in Parliament and is responsible for the coordination and implementation of government policies across ministries, departments and other public institutions. The Prime Minister also performs other duties that are assigned by the President or conferred by the Constitution.
In performance of his or her functions, the Prime Minister is individually accountable to the President and collectively responsible for any decision made by Cabinet.
261 MPs voted for the approval of the Premier with three against and four members abstaining.