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Parliament has rejected a motion by Hassan Kaps Fungaroo, the Obongi County Member of parliament seeking to block the vetting of newly appointed ministers.
On Tuesday afternoon, Fungaroo tabled a motion in parliament to block the appointments committee from vetting new ministers on grounds that, the cabinet isn't balanced regionally.
Fungaroo argued that, the recent cabinet reshuffle by President Yoweri Museveni is a slap in the face of Northern and Eastern Uganda, whose representation is minimal.
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Fungaroo's motion comes a few weeks after the leader of the opposition in Parliament Wafula Oguttu raised similar concerns.
20 of the 30 senior cabinet ministers are from Western region, five from central, 3 from East and 2 from North.
However, Fungaroo's motion hit a snag after Dr. Medard Bitekyerezo, the Mbarara Municipality MP questioned whether the House had the required quorum of 125 members of parliament to discuss a motion.
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Rebecca Kadaga, the speaker of parliament tasked Fungaroo to state the rules that provides for blocking the Appointments committee from performing its duties in vain.
She directed the Clerk to carry out a head count of the MPs present but they were below the required 125 mark forcing her to adjourn the house.
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Some of the newly appointed ministers lined up for vetting includeEvelyn Anite, State Minister for Youth and Children, David Bahati, State Minister for Planning, Vincent Ssempijja-State Minister for Agriculture, Gen. Jim Muhwezi, Information and National Guidance, Dr. Chris Baryomunsi-State Minister of Health, Prof. Tikodri Togboa, State Minister for Higher Education and State Minister for regional Affairs Philemon Mateke.