Kampala, (UG): The Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Dr Mary Goretti Kitutu, famous for the Karamoja Iron Sheets Scandal is said to be at the top of the list President Museveni is planning to knife in a looming cabinet reshuffle, reports say.
DailyExpress has exclusively learnt from inside sources that other ministers who may be impacted by the reshuffle include state ministers; Sarah Mateke Nyirabashitsi (Youth and Children Affairs), Alice Kaboyo (Luweero Triangle), and Harriet Ntabazi (Trade).
The source also indicated that Prime Minister Rt Hon Robinah Nabbanja and Vice President Maj (Rtd) Jessica Alupo have also been reshuffled and transferred to different positions, while former IGP, Gen (Rtd) Kale Kayihura is reportedly back in the government for a yet-to-be-known assignment.
In other transfers as intimated by an inside source close to the Presidency, the Second Deputy Prime Minister; Gen. (Rtd) Moses Ali, Minister Betty Ongom Amongi (Gender, Labour and Social Development), Hon Francis Mwebesa (Trade, Industry and Cooperatives), and Eng. Hilary Obolaker Onek (Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees) may also be given new roles from their current position.
For Gen Moses Ali, it is understood that the President will relieve him of his PM duties due to his current health and old age whereas for Betty Amongi, the recent struggles and scandals inside the NSSF may be a factor for her to be reshuffled.
The source further reveals that whereas some government officials may be dropped, some will reportedly be transferred to new dockets in the changes to be announced in an unspecified period of time.
The Insider further intimated to this website that the President who left Kampala for his country farm in Kisozi, Gomba District moves with his small notebook which he keeps updating every time as the power brokers and special advisors continue suggesting names of appointees to him.
It is further understood that the president does not allow anyone to handle it (the notebook) for him either, most likely to avoid any leakage of its contents.
DailyExpress also exclusively learnt that Mr Museveni has since his travel to Kisozi stopped talking to key lobbyists who have been fronting some names to be added in this ‘book of politics’.
The president, known for keeping his cards close to his chest, has left the public and political commentators engaged in heated debates about who might find a spot in the revamped cabinet.
Regardless of whether a reshuffle takes place, there are high expectations that President Museveni will address the implicated cabinet members in scandals such as the Karamoja iron sheet scandal and COVID-19 vaccine trials.
Traditionally, the President reshuffles his cabinet before electoral years, but this time, his return from Kisozi farm has left the public with the impression that he may be sticking with his current crew.
As the nation eagerly awaits President Museveni’s decision, the fisherman’s cabinet remains under scrutiny, and the call for accountability grows louder.
DailyExpress couldn’t verify this information in this article by press time as no official statement had been released publicly from government sources.
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