The eight include Raphael Magyezi, Judith Nabakooba, Molly Kamukama, Denis Hamson Obua,
Robinah Nabbanja, Peter Ogwang, Beatrice Anywar and Helen Adoa.
Newly appointed Ministers in a group photo after vetting
Eight newly appointed Ministers have today taken oath at
a function presided over by President Yoweri Museveni, at State House Entebbe.
The eight include Raphael Magyezi, the Igara East MP who was appointed Minister of Local
Government, Judith Nabakooba, the Mityana Woman MP and former Police
Spokesperson who was appointed Minister for Information, Communication and
Technology (ICT), Molly Kamukama, the Minister of State for Economic
Monitoring, and Denis Hamson Obua, the Minister of State for Sports.
The others are Robinah Nabbanja, the incoming Minister of
Health for General Duties, incoming State
Minister for ICT and communication Peter Ogwang, State Minister for Environment
Beatrice Anywar and Minister for State for Fisheries Helen Adoa.
URN has learnt that Robinah
Nabbanja was cleared despite earlier reports that she had been turned down by
the appointments committee chaired by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga.
The Committee had allegedly pointed out inconsistencies in her academic documents.
This implies that only Jackson Kafuuzi, the designate Deputy Attorney General has been left out as the appointees take up their new offices. Kafuuzi had been appointed Deputy Attorney General to take on a position hitherto occupied by Mwesigwa Rukutana.
However, Kafuuzi, the Kyaka South MP was ejected by the appointment committee of Parliament on condition that he does not have the relevant experience for the appointment. According to the Ugandan Constitution, a person shall not be qualified to be appointed Deputy Attorney General
unless he or she is qualified to practice as an advocate of the High Court and
has practised or gained the necessary experience for not less than seven
But Kafuuzi failed to prove to the vetting committee that he has seven years of experience as an
advocate of the High Court. URN has since independently verified that Kafuuzi last
renewed his practising certificate as an advocate for the High court in 2015.
Kafuuzi graduated with a Bachelor
of Laws Degree from Makerere University in 2002 and obtained a Diploma in Legal
Practice from the Law Development Centre in 2003. From that time, he has been
in service as a Legal Officer and later as an Advocate at Rwakafuuzi & Co.
Advocates, until 2016 when he joined parliament.
However, Kafuuzi only acquired
his first practising certificate in 2012 which allowed him to only practice as
an advocate in the Magistrates Court. His second practising certificate was issued in
October 2013, allowing him to start practice as a High Court advocate. Advocates
certificates are renewed on an annual basis.
He last renewed his certificate of practice on April
22, 2015, slightly over three years after enrolling as an advocate on January
18, 2012, according to the roll of advocates posted on the Judiciary Website
This means that if he had renewed his certificate annually
even while in Parliament, he would be eligible for the position of Deputy
Attorney General by October 2020, after hitting 7 years, as an advocate of the
High Court. The High Court Experience begins to count upon receipt
of the second certificate of practice.
URN has however learnt that the Judiciary has compiled details on Kafuuzi's experience and forwarded it to Parliament for further scrutiny.