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Opposition MP Heads to Court Over Cabinet Composition

. 20 out of the 30 senior ministers are from Western region, five from Central region followed by Eastern with 3 and north with only two.

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Hassan Kaps Fungaroo, the Obongi County Member of Parliament has vowed to challenge the composition of cabinet in court, a day after his motion was rejected by parliament. On Tuesday, Fungaroo moved a motion in parliament in an attempt to block the vetting and approval of newly appointed ministers.

In his motion, Fungaroo noted that, the composition of the cabinet doesn\'t reflect the national character of the country as stipulated in the Constitution. 20 out of the 30 senior ministers are from Western region, five from Central region followed by Eastern with 3 and north with only two.

The Constitution, under the Democratic principles of the National Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy, states that the composition of Government shall be broadly representative of the national character and social diversity of the country.

However, Fungaroo\'s motion hit a snag after the speaker Rebecca Kadaga said there was no rule to block the Appointments committee from performing its duties. She also cited the lack of quorum as only 65 of the required 125 legislators were in the house.  

Despite this, Fungaroo says they are considering petitioning the constitutional court over the matter.

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He also expressed disappointment with the manner in which, parliament handled motion saying he had consulted with the Speaker and her deputy before tabling it.

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The committee, which is mandated to approve the appointed of persons nominated by the President, gave the green light to seven new ministers to serve in the Cabinet. 

They include Evelyn Anite, State Minister for Youth and Children, David Bahati, State Minister for Planning, Vincent Ssempijja-State Minister forAgriculture, 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.

Also approved are Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe and his deputy, Stephen Kavuma..

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