24 May 2013

Uganda: Gen. Aronda Nyakairima New Internal Affairs Minister As Museveni Reshuffles Cabinet

Photo: Geoffrey Sseruyange/Monitor
President Museveni reshuffles cabinet and the army (file photo).

President Yoweri Museveni yesterday (May 23) made new changes to his cabinet with the biggest surprise being the appointment of Gen. Aronda Nyakairima as the new Internal Affairs Minister.

Nyakairima who has been the Chief of Defence Forces has replaced Hillary Onek who has been moved to the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness and Refugees. Onek replaces the late Dr. Stephen Mallinga who passed away last month.

However, President Museveni did not fill the gap left by Eriya Kategeya, the former first deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East Africa who also passed away in March.

In other new changes, Mary Karooro Okurut is the new Minister for Gender while her predecessor, John Nasasira moves to the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology.

In turn, Ruhakana who has been occupying that position has been moved to the Ministry of Health. The outgoing minister, Christine Ondoa is the new presidential advisor on Health.

Rose Namayanja who has been the state minister for Luweero Triangle has replaced Karooro-Okurut as the Information and National Guidance Minister.

Prof. Tarsis Kabwegyere, who has been serving as the Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development is the new minister of general duties in the Prime Minister's Office.

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