The Observer (Kampala)

13 December 2012

Uganda: Musumba Takes Oath Tomorrow

The Chairperson-elect of Kamuli district Salaamu Musumba takes the oath of office tomorrow.

Her inauguration will end nearly a year of a leadership vacuum in Kamuli after her predecessor Kawugu Kawooya Mugaino's election was nullified by the High court for lack of the requisite academic qualifications. Though it is common practice for a chairperson to nominate members to committees pending approval by council, Musumba has signaled a change in the way she intends to lead.

She has instead asked the councilors to form a functional-committee/cabinet and hand the list to her. This has sent councillors jockeying for juicy positions.

"These people know themselves, their weaknesses and strength.... I will expect a functional cabinet that will effectively execute the programme that addresses the needs of the people of Kamuli," Musumba said.

But some see this as Musumba's way of avoiding conflict with councillors. During her campaign, 24 out of 26 councillors openly supported her bid for the chair much as they belonged to NRM.

Musumba had been scheduled to take the oath of office on Wednesday but elected to make way for retired Bishop Cyprian Bamwoze's wedding anniversary celebrations.

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