The Shadow Cabinet is responsible for scrutinizing policies, actions of the government and also offers alternative proposals. It is composed of the majority MPs from the opposition main party in parliament, the National Unity Platform – NUP.
has confirmed a 30- member Shadow Cabinet appointed by the Leader of Opposition
(LOP) Mathias Mpuuga.
This was during this afternoon’s plenary sitting chaired by Deputy Speaker
officially presented the names of legislators appointed on the Shadow Cabinet.
This comes after the process of appointing, vetting and swearing-in a total of
81 Ministers appointed by President Yoweri Museveni to serve in his cabinet.
The Shadow Cabinet is responsible for scrutinizing policies, actions of the
government and also offers alternative proposals. It is composed of the
majority MPs from the opposition main party in parliament, the National Unity
Platform – NUP.
While presenting the appointed Shadow Ministers, Mpuuga said that the opposition
believes in a lean Cabinet and that this is the reason they did not attempt to expand
the size of the Shadow Cabinet.
He said that the appointed team will be able to offer Ugandans the best
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Last month, President Museveni sought Parliament’s approval to increase the
number of Ministers from 79 to 81. This was per Articles 113 (2) and 114 (3) of
the Constitution which provides that the cabinet shall have a total number of
42 ministers (Cabinet and State) and that the president can only vary the
number with the approval of parliament.
The Shadow Ministers confirmed by Parliament are Ndorwa East MP, Wilfred
Niwagaba as Attorney General, Kampala Woman MP Shamim Malende as Minister of
Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Butambala County MP Muwanga Kivumbi
Muhammad as Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Kyotera
Woman MP Nantongo Fortunate as Minister of Gender, Labour and Social
Development and others.
Others are Bukonzo West MP Atkins Katusabe as Minister of Public Service,
Makindye East MP Derrick Nyeko as Minister of Presidency and Security, Kabonera
County MP Dr Bwanika Abed Kimaanya as Minister of Agriculture, Luweero Woman MP
Nabukenya Brendah as Minister of Education, Erute South MP Odur Jonathan
as Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs, Mukono North MP Kiwanuka Abdallah
as Minister of Internal Affairs, Jinja City West MP Dr Batuwa Timothy Lusala as
Minister of Health; Mawokota South MP Nsibambi Yusuf as Minister of Works and
Transport and Rubaga North MP Kawalya Abubaker as Minister of Kampala Capital
City Authority and others.
Also confirmed is Kyadondo East MP Nkunyingi Muwada as Minister of Foreign
Affairs; Nakawa East MP Balimwezo Ronald Nsubuga as Minister of Lands Housing
and Urban Development; Hoima City Woman MP Nyakato Asinasi as Minister of
Energy and Minerals; Mbale Industrial Division MP Masaba Karem as Minister of
Tourism and Wildlife; Kassanda South MP Kabuye Frank as Minister for Youth and
Children Affairs, Buhweju County MP Mwijukye Francis as Minister of Trade and
Industry and others.
The male shadow ministers are 19 and females are 11. The National Unity
Platform-NUP, the leading Opposition Party has 18 positions, Forum for
Democratic Change -FDC 7, Independents 2, Democratic Party - DP 1, Uganda
People's Congress -UPC 1 and People's Progressive Party - PPP 1.