Paul Omer, the Soroti Municipality Mayor says the appointments are appeasements to excite voters in the region. He notes that some positions like fisheries are a trap to the MPs with electorate whom he notes are being harassed in Lake Kyoga.
Local leaders in Soroti have attributed the recent appointments of
ministers from Teso as a strategic plan for the 2021 elections.
President Museveni, on Saturday, appointed Serere Woman MP, Helen Adoa as
Minister of State for Fisheries, Usuk MP, Peter Ogwang as Minister of State for
ICT and Dr Kenneth Omona, who has been the deputy treasurer for NRM as Principal
The group joins other minister such as Gen. Jeje Odongo, the Minister of
Internal Affairs, Musa Echweru, the Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness
and Refugees and Agnes Jaff Akiror, the Minister of State for Teso Affairs.
Willy Bisanga, the Soroti Municipality NRM chairman says that the appointments
are part of the reward to MPs who supported the Presidential Age Limit.
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Paul Omer, the Soroti Municipality Mayor says the appointments are appeasements
to excite voters in the region.
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Daniel Eigu, the LC3 Chairperson of Kamuda sub county in Soroti district says
that much as the appointments are good for lobbying purposes, the new ministers
will not have adequate time to execute and showcase their competences.
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Although trends are changing, Teso has been one of the areas where opposition
enjoyed relative support in the elections. In 2006 general elections, a good
number of politicians sailed through FDC ticket following Term Limits Amendment
While the ruling the party started regaining in the subsequent elections, the fear
for repeat of 2006 following the 2017 Presidential Age Limit Amendment might
have triggered the need for ministerial positions in Teso, according to
political analysts in area.
Adoa joined parliament in 2016 after defeating former FDC strongwoman, Alice
Alaso in an election marred by heavy presence of security personnel in Serere.
Ogwang, on the other hand, has been one of the NRM’s top vocalists
in Teso, who, among others; saw to the success of the controversial
Presidential Age Limit Amendment in 2017.