Luweero LC-V chairman Abdul Nadduli has joined the league of President Yoweri Museveni’s tired but still serving grandpas.
Nadduli, 73, has been appointed as the Minister without Portfolio in the 2016-2021 cabinet.
He replaces former Works minister Abraham Byandala who has been dropped from cabinet following his ugly stint with Katosi road scandals.
Nadduli now joins ranks with Museveni’s grandpas including H.E. the Vice President, Hon. Kiwanuka Edward Ssekandi, 73, who has been retained.
Gen. Moses Ali, 77, has also been retained as first Deputy Prime Minister & Deputy Leader of Government Business.
Hon. Kirunda Kivejinja, 80, also remains second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of East African Affairs.
Dr. Mateke Phelemon, 73, is the Minister of State for Regional Affairs.
Nadduli in the mix
In September 2015, Nadduli was involved in controversies over his academic qualifications to the point of threatening to drag his doubters to court.
Nadduli was among 50 political aspirants listed for investigation for alleged lack of minimum senior six academic qualifications.
Nadduli had his re-election bid blocked in 2006 after the Electoral Commission found his academic papers wanting.
In 2011, Nadduli bounced back and won the seat after he was cleared by the High court. Ronald Ndawula, Nadduli’s perennial arch-rival, had petitioned court then to block Nadduli.
In December 2015, reports said Nadduli was about to be kicked out of the ruling party at the peak of wrangles in the NRM camp in Luweero District.
The district party chairperson, Ronald Ndawula, threatened to expel Hajj Abdul Nadduli from the party over alleged indiscipline.
As the NRM vice chairperson for central region, Nadduli supported Museveni’s bid to retain state power for the next five years.