President Yoweri Museveni has appointed Paul Kyalimpa who recently withdrew from the Parliamentary race against Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija, as Deputy Director General of Uganda Investment Authority (UIA).
Kyalimpa was challenging Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija for MP Buyanja county (Kibaale) on Independent nomination after loosing out to the minister in the NRM party primaries.
Kasaija was declared unopposed by the Kibaale electoral district returning officer Ipeto Aggrey James.
“I Ipeto Aggrey James being the returning officer Kibaale Electorate district, in accordance with the Parliamentary Elections Act, section 19A 2005 (as amended) hereby declare Hon Matia Kasaija (NRM) elected unopposed as directly elected Member of Parliament for Buyanja County in Kibaale electoral district,” Ipeto said in a letter dated 7 December, 2020.
However, following the development, it was revealed that Kyalimpa decided to opt out of the race after landing a juicy job from UIA, a entity under the Finance Ministry which is led by Kasaija.
In a copy of the letter obtained by the Daily Express, President Museveni notifies Minister Kasaija of the appointment of Kyalimpa to the position of Deputy Director General at UIA.
“I refer to my conversation with you in Gulu last Wednesday regarding the above named person (Kyalimpa). This is to authorize you to go ahead with the recruitment process and have the candidate appointed, if found suitable,” the President said in his letter dated 24 November.
Kyalimpa’s withdrawal automatically means Minister Matia Kasaija becomes the 12th Member of Parliament to secure seats in the 10th parliament before the elections are held.