MPs reject 3 ministers, accept Janet as ‘charity act’

On Monday, Parliament’s Appointments Committee nearly rejected the First Lady Janet Kataaha Museveni as the minister for Education and Sports.

Buhweju MP Francis Mwijukye put a series of questions to the First Lady regarding her school practice experience and transparency while dealing with ministry funds, among others.

The First Lady and the new minister without portfolio Alhaji Abdul Nadduli whose academic documents are questionable were reportedly approved only on “humanitarian grounds” or as an act of charity.

By Thursday, the committee had concluded the vetting of 80 ministers who will serve in President Yoweri Museveni’s new cabinet.

However, three of them were not lucky enough after being rejected by the committee on academic and competence grounds.

Adrian Tibaleka, the state minister for the elderly and disabled was rejected after she failed to convince the Parliament Appointments Committee whether she qualifies to be a minister.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga reportedly described Tibaleka’s appointment as an insult to the elderly and disabled.
Worse, Tibaleka also failed to prove that he was registered voter.

Works state minister Ismael Orot was also rejected for lack of reasonable academic qualifications.

Mwijukye tasked Orot to produce academic documents qualifying him for the position citing discrepancies.

Also rejected was Harriet Ntabazi, the former Bundibugyo Woman MP who had been appointed as state minister for industries.

The ministers who were approved by the committee will take oath next week.

The Rules of Procedure state that the chairperson of Appointments Committee reports to the House any approved appointment.

The Speaker according to the rules communicates to the President within three working days the decision of the committee.

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