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Parliament to vet new Vice President, Prime Minister on Thursday

Parliament is set to convene on Thursday morning, June 10 to vet the newly appointed Vice-President and Prime Minister ahead of the budget reading in the afternoon of the same day.

According to a communication from the office of the Clerk to Parliament issued on Tuesday, Parliament will convene at Kololo ceremonial grounds starting at 11:00 am for the third sitting to consider constituting appointments committee and then a motion seeking to approve the two appointments.

President Yoweri Museveni has appointed Maj. (rtd) Jessica Alupo as the Vice President (VP) and Robinah Nabbanja as the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda.

Alupo, 47, who entered the 11th parliament as the Katakwi district Woman Member of Parliament (MP), has replaced Edward Sekandi as the VP. Before she was defeated in 2016, Alupo had served as the education minister.

On the other hand, Nabbanja, 51, has replaced Dr Ruhakana Rugunda as the Prime Minister. Nabbanja, who retained her parliamentary seat as the Kakumiro Woman MP, has been the state minister of health in charge of general duties. Rugunda is now a special envoy in charge of special duties in the President’s office.

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Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja (L) and Vice President H.E Jessica Alupo (R) – New Vision Photo

According to the communication from the office of the Clerk to Parliament signed by Paul Wabwire, MPs will first consider; “constitution of the appointments committee in accordance with rules 161 and 168 of the Rules of Procedure of Parliament.”

Thereafter, they will consider a motion for a resolution of Parliament to vary the number of other ministers in accordance with article 114 of the Ugandan Constitution.

During a caucus meeting at Kololo ceremonial grounds on Monday (June 7), the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) MPs resolved to increase the number of ministers by adding one more slot to bring the number to 80.

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After verifying the number of ministers, the next item is approving the vice-president and premier. After approving the two, Parliament will receive the budget speech by the President.

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