President Yoweri Museveni new 80-minister cabinet swore in Tuesday at Entebbe State House.
Each minister took an oath of allegiance and an oath of secrecy.
On Thursday, Museveni will convene the first cabinet meeting of this term where he will issue detailed instructions to each minister on what he expects of them.
“We have set a good foundation for the country now in terms of roads, electricity, ICT, water and others,” the president said.
According to him, Uganda is now ready for take-off. “When I hosted the outgone cabinet, I commended them for nearly taking Uganda to a middle-income country. This new cabinet must make that a reality.”
Museveni says his cabinet must aggressively look for investments.
“For this to succeed, there must be no delays in decision-making, corruption must stop and we must work aggressively to lower cost of doing business. The railway will help us with this. Regulators must also be strict. Things like building in wetlands must stop.”
He also wants Uganda to move to total commercialization of agriculture through Operation Wealth Creation.
“However, investments is not only in agriculture but industries too. Uganda must be industrialized. We can’t continue being a supermarket of goods from other countries.”
Uganda has already set up a fully-fledged ministry of Science and Innovation.
“This one will be tasked with nursing young innovations from our scientists. I have also congregated all communication and ICT sub-sectors into one ministry of Information and ICT. That ministry will have a full directorate of electronics.”
In creating this cabinet, Museveni said he also aimed at maximizing unity.
“It’s why you see a few people from the opposition. I welcome these members and I hope they can win over more of their colleagues into working with us.”
“Finally, I hear people drawing distinctions between cabinet ministers and ministers of state. There might be some hierarchy but all these people take two oaths. All ministers are equally important. I therefore congratulate all ministers for fulfilling the last hurdle in taking office.”
Museveni also asked Uganda Federal Alliance’s Beti Kamya (Kampala minister), Uganda Peoples Congress’ Betty Amongi (Lands) and Democratic Party’s Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi (Youth) to go back to the Opposition and recruit more of their members into the ruling party.
“This Cabinet is aimed at maximising unity of the country; that’s why we brought in a few members of the Opposition. I welcome the few members of the Opposition who have joined us. Go back and bring all those people who are waiting for a messiah. The Jews have been waiting for a messiah for now 2000 years but the messiah has not come.”