KOLOLO: President Museveni is set to increase the cabinet size of his sixth term in office to 80 ministers after the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) members of parliament agreed in support of this idea at the party caucus today at Kololo.
While officially tabling the motion on Monday, Museveni asked the legislators to add one more slot on the current cabinet line-up, which was overwhelmingly backed by the MPs.
“I want to add one minister-of-state-ship for some reasons which I will explain when it comes to the bigger debate,” Museveni told the MPs before tabling the motion.
The President further hinted at the announcement of his cabinet for the 2021-2026 term, which he said will come soon.
The previous term’s cabinet was disbanded earlier this month, and the President has had to launch the new 11th parliament without the cabinet.
On Thursday this week the president is expected to preside over the budget reading for the new financial year.
The last cabinet was made of 29 cabinet ministers and 50 ministers of state, which the president has proposed to increase to 51 while retaining the rest of the line up; bringing the total number of ministers to 80.
Commenting on the delayed unveiling of the cabinet, Museveni assured today that the announcement will come soon.
“Very soon I will present the Vice President and Prime Minister and then the other ministers,” he said.
During the caucus meeting, the NRM MPs who enjoy a significant majority in parliament were asked to support the President’s proposition when it comes up in the House foe debate.