President Yoweri Museveni yesterday made changes to his cabinet, bringing in army chief Gen. Aronda Nyakairima as Internal Affairs minister and appointed the Commander of Land Forces, Lt. Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala as Chief of Defence Forces (CDF).
In other changes, Mary Karooro Okurut moves to the Gender, Labour and Social Development Ministry as John Nasasira goes to ICT, while Ruhakana Rugunda takes charge of Health. Former Health Minister Ondoa becomes presidential advisor on Health.
Rose Namayanja takes over as Information and National Guidance Minister from Okurut.
Hillary Onek, who was at Internal affairs Minister, is moved to Disaster Preparedness and Refugees.
President Museveni also appointed and transfered Permanent Secretaries.
Keith Muhakanizi is now new Permanent Secretary of Finance.
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has said that she wants freedom from the Attorney General to allow Parliament’s legal experts to represent the institution in the courts of law.
In what appears to be yet another clash between Parliament and the Executive, Kadaga addressed the media yesterday ahead of Parliament’s recess, and said that Parliament has demanded for legal independence ever since they were taken to court during the Oil debate in 2011.
Kadaga recalls that during the Oil case, instead of taking Parliament’s instructions, Attorney General Peter Nyombi turned hostile, went to court and agreed with the complainant. The complainant, Severino Twinobusingye, was awarded 13 billion shs in the case.
Kadaga stated that the ongoing battle between Parliament and the executive is about the Independence of the Legislative arm of govt.Last month the National Resistance Movement Central Executive Committee (CEC) resolved to expel four of its Members of Parliament for what officials called indiscipline and opposing party positions.
However, the NRM was disappointed early this month when Kadaga did not abide by the NRM ruling to order the Clerk to Parliament to declare the MPs’ seats vacant.