James Kakooza, the former State Minister for Primary Health Care, is still using a ministry of health vehicle almost three weeks after the parliamentary appointments committee refused to approve his reappointment.
Parliamentary appointment committee rejected Kakooza together with three other nominees over questionable academic papers. The others are former Kampala mayor, Nasser Ntege Ssebaggala, Bukoto south MP Muyanja Mbabaali and his Kibuku counterpart Saleh Kamba.
But Kakooza, who had been reappointed state minister for health, is still using his Ministerial car and two body guards allocated to him when he was still holding that position. He is still being driven in a land cruiser Prado Health Ministry car registration number UG394SN.
Kakooza, the Member of Parliament for Kabula County in Lyantonde has told URN in Masaka that he will not return the Government car because he is a Minister in waiting. Kakooza, who claims to have completed his Ordinary Level from St. Charles Lwanga Kasasa SS between 1981 to 1984 before joining Kampala High School, explains that he has overwhelming evidence to back his academic papers.
Kakooza also says he will not rush to hand over his office because he still hopes very soon, he will be affirmed a Minister.
He says those who question his academic credentials should go to Kasasa SS and Kampala High School to check records instead of depending on unfounded rumors he describes as Wokoloso. He argues that since those who frustrated his ministerial reappointment have not gone to court, it shows he is going to retain his position and therefore he doesn’t have to return the government cars.
Kakooza says he is simply waiting for his affirmation to continue with his work.
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Kakooza says he is ready to defend his academic papers by not only presenting all the documents but also to line hundreds of his old boys from both St. Charles Lwanga SS Kasasa in Kalungu district and Kampala High School.
Last week, Kakooza’s rivals in Lyantonde led by Town Council LC3 Chairman Eriya Ssewandigi celebrated after Kakooza was thrown out of the appointments committee. Ssewandigi, an NRM supporter argued that they celebrated because Kakooza did not win both the NRM primaries and parliamentary elections but used a lot of money to bribe voters.
But Minister Kakooza denies the bribery allegations by Ssewangigi saying they are cheap talk.