Parliament Approves Motion To Increase Number Of Ministers
Parliament has approved President Museveni’s decision to increase the number of cabinet ministers from 21 to 31 and state ministers from 21 to 49.
Last week, President Museveni announced his new Cabinet if 81 ministers, 31 Cabinet and 49 State minsters.
According to articles 113 (2) and 114 (3) Constitution, president Museveni can only appoint 42 ministers which can only be increased after seeking Parliamentary authority.
National Resistance Movement chief whip Ruth Nankabirwa who tabled the motion noted that Uganda “need a bigger Parliament and Cabinet because the population has grown, districts have increased so have Municipalities and Counties.”
“For efficiency of Uganda, we need to vary, after the Constitution, in the 6th, 7th Parliaments the numbers were varied as well,” she added.
Masaka Municipality legislator Hon Mathias Mpuuga who dissented argued that during the state of nation address the president didn’t mention the size of cabinet as a hindrance to service delivery.
“Do we need a cabinet consisting of all ethnic factions? also is it the need of the people to increase cabinet?”
Kampala Central MP Muhammed Nsereko said in attempt to increase the size of cabinet, government should take into account citizens’ welfare.
“Welfare of Ugandans is paramount, if the expansion is on political moves and not the welfare it’s detrimental… We are not denying you the chance to perform your duties but move with precaution considering the tax payer” he noted.