By Tugume Johnbosco
Hoima. The king of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom Dr Solomon Iguru Gafabusa I has slashed in his cabinet size and appointed new ministers.
In the cabinet list issued on Sunday, the Omukama slashed the number of cabinet size from the previous over 30 ministers to only 13 cabinet ministers. He however created special desks in his office and that of the prime minister.
In the new cabinet, Andrew Byakutaga has been retained as the Kingdom prime minister and minister for Oil and Gas while Mutiti Nyendwoha has been appointed 1st deputy prime minister and Prince Apollo Rwamparo is appointed 2nd deputy prime minister and minister for Tourism.
Others on list include Edgar Agaba who is appointed kingdom Attorney General.Agaba is the Chief Executive Officer of The National Gaming Board Uganda. Robert Owagonza, an employee of Bank of Uganda is Minister of finance, Dinah Kasangaki as minister for gender, Jackson Byaruhanga as minister for Natural Resources (lands, minerals and forests) while Prince David Chwa as minister for Investments.
Dr Florence Asiimwe is appointed Minister for social services (education and health), Phillip Katahoire as minister for external relations, Mr. Wilson Wairindi as minister for Agriculture, animal husbandry and fisheries. Prince Richard Kitehimbwa who is a son to the King is retained as principle private secretary to Omukama and also made minister for palace affairs. Patrick Katende is minister for special duties.
The Omukama in January dissolved his entire cabinet following allegations of abuse of office.
However this resulted into court a battle as the former Prime Minister Norman Lukumu sued the kingdom claiming breach of contract,since he had signed a five year contract and had barely served three years.
The downsize of the cabinet has been welcomed by a number of residents in the Kingdom.
Ali Babi, a former Member of Hoima district council says a sizeable cabinet is manageable for the Prime Minister.
Babi added that the cabinet appointees are of eminent status and will add value to the Kingdom.