Museveni didn’t drop UPC minister-Chief Whip

Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu

Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu

The ruling NRM government Chief whip Ruth Nankabirwa has denied reports that President Yoweri Museveni dropped one of the opposition ministerial appointees, Joy Ruth Achieng.

Achieng, the former Kole Woman MP and a member of the opposition Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) is the new minister of State for Fisheries.

According to reports, Nankabirwa wrote to the Parliament’s Appointments Committee withdrawing the appointment of Achieng.

Achieng reportedly never appeared before the committee as scheduled on Thursday for vetting.

This came MPs from Lango sub region met President Yoweri Museveni at State House, Entebbe.

The MPs were reportedly bitter over the appointment of Achieng and Lands Minister, Betty Amongi to cabinet.

They questioned the President’s motives for rewarding the opposition that de-campaigned him during the 2016 elections.

Nankabirwa denies

Nankabirwa told KFM radio on Friday that Museveni had not dropped Achieng as alleged.

Nankabirwa who attended the State House meeting told the radio an agreement was reached with Lango MPs and Achieng’s appointment still stands.

She said the President appointed two UPC ministers for a reason and was not about to rescind his decision.

She said for example people from Lango welcomed Betty Amongi in the NRM family and agreed on working together.

The report comes after parliament rejected three ministers on grounds of lacking academic qualifications.

Former Bundibugyo Woman MP Harriet Ntabaazi’s ministerial appointment has been rejected over inconsistencies in her birthdates.

Ntabaazi had been appointed State Minister for Industry.

In her Curriculum Vitae, her year of birth is 1974, reported Uganda Radio Network.

Her statutory papers, including an affidavit state it as 1979 while her academic documents present her year of birth as 1973.

Adrian Tibaleka, the state minister for the elderly and disabled and Works state minister Ismael Orot were also rejected for lack of reasonable academic qualifications.

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