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PHOTOS: Parliament vets new ministers

L-R: New Ministers vetted to enter cabinet; Mr Balaam Barugahara Ateenyi, Phionah Nyamutoro, Dr Kenneth Omona, Gen Wilson Mbadi, Florence Wamala Nambozo, and Lillian Aber (Photo/DailyExpress)

Kampala, (UG): It was all a moment of joy mixed with splendid glamour and excitement as Speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon Anita Among Monday vetted the newly appointed ministers at Parliament Chambers in Kampala.

The new state ministers vetted include events promoter and businessman, Mr Balaam Barugahara Ateenyi (Youth & Children Affairs), Ms Lillian Aber (Relief and Disaster Preparedness), Phiona Nyamutoro (Minerals), Kenneth Omona (Northern Uganda Affairs), Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi (Trade) and Ms Florence Wamala Nambozo.

The six appointees who appeared in President Museveni’s ‘mini-cabinet’ reshuffle arrived at Parliament Buildings on Monday ready to serve in the NRM government.

Newly vetted ministers; Mr Balaam Barugahara (Youth and Children), Gen Wilson Mbadi (Trade), Dr Kenneth Omona (Northern Uganda), Phiona Nyamutoro (Minerals), Lilian Aber (Relief and Disaster Preparedness), and Florence Wamala Nambozo (Karamoja Affairs).

The constitution requires that certain personnel appointments made by the President must be approved by Parliament to ensure that a person seeking to serve in a certain position has the necessary education, work experience, competence, temperament, vision and integrity.

Speaking shortly after his nomination, Balaam applauded the speaker and all the other members of the committee for professionally handling this exercise.

“Like I recently stated, the mission is partly to socially and economically better the lives of the Ugandan youth as well as improve their health and that of the children in Uganda,” he said, adding that he will advocate for the release of National Unity Platform (NUP) youth members who were imprisoned on political grounds.

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See more photos below as Parliament vetted the new Ministers on Monday

The new Minister of State for Minerals, Ms Phiona Nyamutoro shortly after her vetting said; “This morning, I was vetted as the designated Minister of State for Energy and Mineral Development (Minerals) by the Appointments Committee chaired by Speaker Anitah Among.”

“I am grateful that the journey to adding more blocks to Uganda’s development is relentless,” she added.

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Lillian Aber, the state minister for relief and preparedness posted via X after her vetting saying; “I have successfully been vetted by the Appointments Committee at Parliament. Thank you, speaker, and the entire committee for the good work.”

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