LOP to Name New Shadow Cabinet

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According to Aol, four members of the current shadow cabinet have indicated their unwillingness to continue serving on the cabinet.
Leader of Opposition Betty Aol Ochan addressing Journalists at Parliament.

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The Leader of Opposition, Betty Aol Ochan is to name a new shadow cabinet when parliament returns from recess.

"My expectations were to unveil the Shadow Cabinet immediately after Independence but because we are in recess, we have pushed that," said Aol this morning. Parliament is expected to resume business on 6th November, 2018.

According to Aol, four members of the current shadow cabinet have indicated their unwillingness to continue serving on the cabinet.

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Aol told URN she has been engaging opposition parties in Parliament to try and reunite opposition forces.

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Asked whether she would retain MPs allied to Gen. Mugisha Muntu who recently quit the opposition Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party on the Shadow Cabinet, Aol said the work of Parliament isn't informed by party differences.

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She said some of the MPs who were part of the inner circle of her predecessor may find it uncomfortable to work with her.

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She denied talk that she is planning to merge positions on the shadow cabinet because of failing to raise the required number of members to appoint to her cabinet.  Rumors have been doing rounds in the corridor of parliament that Amuriat had advised Aol to trim the number of shadow ministers to 15 from 29 as a measure to sort the mess. 

But Aol says she will maintain the positions. A number of shadow cabinet ministers have abandoned their seats in parliament since Aol took over as Leader of Opposition on August 3rd 2018.

Some of the shadow ministers who silently abandoned the front bench include Shadow Attorney General, Wilfred Niwagaba, Lubega Medard Sseggona, the Shadow Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister, Adeke Anne Ebaju, the Shadow Minister for Youth and Children Affairs, Shadow Internal Affairs Minister Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi, Shadow Minister for Trade and Industry Ibrahim Kasozi, Education and Sports Shadow Minister Mpuuga Mathias among others.

The shadow ministers were appointed by Winnie Kiiza, the former Leader of Opposition who was dropped by the new FDC party president, Patrick Oboi Amuriat.

Aol has been interfacing with the shadow ministers and other opposition MPs in an attempt to draw a new shadow cabinet list. According to sources, some of the Shadow cabinet ministers and those loyal to Gen. Muntu had turned down the request to continue serving.