President Yoweri Museveni has appointed former Makerere University Chancellor Professor Mondo Kagonyera as the presidential adviser on Kigezi region.
The president made the announcement in Rukungiri district on Thursday at the close of his campaign tour of Kigezi sub-region.
George Mondo Kagonyera, a veterinarian, politician, academic, and university administrator served as chancellor of Makerere University, the oldest and largest university in Uganda since 2007.
Kagonyera served as minister for general duties in the office of the prime minister and deputy managing director of the Ugandan National Social Security Fund from 2006 until 2008.
He has also served as the Member of Parliament for Rubabo constituency in Rukungiri District.
While accepting the new appointment, Kagonyera said Kigezi region is known for its complicated geography and unique terrain.
“It needs someone who knows the area well,” he said, seemingly defending his appointment.
FDC ready to fire him
Responding to Kangonyera’s appointment, the opposition Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] promised to fire him as soon as they take power.
“Mr. Kagonyera will not have a job in the next 40 days as Kizza Besigye will get rid of all Presidential Advisors,” the party said in a statement.
This is in line with Besigye’s cost cutting programme that will see the number of ministers and Members of Parliament in his government reduced.
He also promises to fire all presidential advisors and Resident District Commissioners [RDCs] who he dubs as “useless”.