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Nabbanja, Onek agree to work together after Alupo Intervention

Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja, VP Jessica Alupo and Minister Hilary Onek pose for a group photo after Thursday's meeting

KAMPALA, UGANDA: Prime Minister Rt. Hon Robinah Nabbanja and Eng. Hilary Onek, the minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness, and Refugees have finally agreed to put their differences aside and work together for the betterment of the country.

The agreement between the two follows the intervention of Vice President Maj. (Rtd) Jessica Alupo in what seemed like another scandal in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) when Eng Onek accused Nabbanja (his boss) of usurping his roles and micromanaging the OPM.

In a letter to Hon Nabbanja dated October 29, Eng. Onek expressed displeasure over Nabbanja’s work methods and threatened to resign his office if the Prime Minister was not change. Nabbanja also responded reffering to Onek’s move as an act of indiscpline.

“Hon Prime Minister, if you have decided to carry on working like this and rendering my docket irrelevant, kindly put it in writing to H.E the President who is the appointing authority and I will relieve myself of the responsibilities and allow you carry on with your duties,” said Hilary Onek in a letter to Nabbanja on October 29.

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However, after today’s meeting, Nabbanja and Onek agreed to work together for the betterment of the country.

“We have had a good meeting and agreed to work together. We have decided to leave certain issues in the past and work for the betterment of our country,” Alupo revealed after a closed-door meeting with Nabbanja and Onek.
“We have agreed to look ahead and forget the past. We are one,” the Vice President emphasized.

The meeting, chaired by the Vice President as an arbiter; was also attended by Gen. Moses Ali, the Second Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Leader of Government Business in Parliament, and Lucy Nakyobe, the Head of Public Service and Secretary to Cabinet.

The others in the meeting were Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka, Dr. Baryomunsi Chris the Minister of Information, Communications Technology and National Guidance and Esther Anyakun the State Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees.


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