MPs refuse to vet Museveni ministers twice


On Friday, the Appointments Committee met after being summoned by Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga to reconsider two ministers who were rejected during the vetting process.

The committee did meet to but only to vet Hon. Henry Okello Oryem, nominee for State Minister for Foreign Affairs, who was away during the vetting.

The legislators rejected Harriet Ntabaazi, the designate State Minister for Industry and her works counterpart, Ismael Orot, for the second time.

Chris Obore, the Director of Communications and Public Affairs at Parliament had earlier said the rejection of the duo was speculative because “they had issues to sort out”.

President Yoweri Museveni wrote to Kadaga sending back the two nominees for vetting.

The appointments committee, however, declined to reconsider Ntabaazi and Orot saying their papers were still the same.

Ntabaazi was rejected because of inconsistencies in her birth dates records; her curriculum vitae, Ntabaazi shows that she was born in 1974, her statutory papers, including an affidavit show that she was born in 1979 while her academic documents show she was born in 1973.

Orot, the Kanyum county Member of Parliament, was rejected for lack of the requisite qualifications.

His curriculum vitae (CV) and academic documents showed a change of names three times from John Stephen Ikadorot [1983], then John Stephen Ikadarot and later Ismael Orot when he converted to Islam.

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