While most Kenyans wondered how Museveni can appoint his wife as a cabinet minister, the real question should have been the huge number; An 80-member strong cabinet.
I remember Kenyans complaining of the bloated grand coalition cabinet, yet it was just half of what Uganda has right now.
During the cabinet’s swearing in on Tuesday at State House Entebbe, Museveni said that the reason he included members of the opposition in his new cabinet was for the sake of unity.
On the appointment of one Sam Cheptoris as cabinet minister for Water and Environment, the president said he was responding to demands from the people of Kapchorwa and Sebei in general, who for long had complained that they don’t have a cabinet minister. “The people of Kapchorwa were always complaining. Now you have a full cabinet minister,” he said.
On the appointment of Herbert Kabafunzaki as minister of state for labour, employment and industrial relations, Museveni said it was a reward for defeating FDC’s Jack Sabiti in Rukiga constituency. “This young man helped to liberate Rukiga that had been colonialized by Jack Sabiti and other people,” he said.
He also appointed another minister, Denis Ssozi Galabuzi, as payback for what his father did during the NRA bush war. “The father of this boy is the one who used to send me sugar when I was in the bush. So, the children of the NRM have grown up, those who have been playing with us should be careful,” he said.
Even though his criteria of appointment is at best laughable, Museveni expects his new cabinet to deliver Uganda to middle-income status by 2020.
With 80 ministers, Uganda’s cabinet is nearly twice as big as Kenya’s Senate and four times as large as Kenya’s cabinet.
In this picture, it does look like a conference.
By contrast, this is Uhuru’s cabinet.
Only God knows how they hold Cabinet meetings over there.
Of course it has been the butt of many jokes on Twitter.
This is not a clan but Uganda's cabinet. 80 ministers. 80 damning ministers. Smh pic.twitter.com/06CZ3gdvs8
— Kenya West© (@KinyanBoy) June 21, 2016
USA 322 Million people – 22 cabinet secretaries
Uganda 35 Million people – 80 cabinet secretaries. pic.twitter.com/VfywcO4uUF
— Eric (@amerix) June 22, 2016
Uganda's new cabinet: Feel free to borrow my magnifying glass any time pic.twitter.com/lA2A2nkGaf
— Grace Natabaalo (@Natabaalo) June 22, 2016
Did Uganda finish the swearing-in of its 81 member cabinet yesterday? I Fell asleep
— African (@ali_naka) June 22, 2016
Madness is when a 3rd generation country like Uganda names a 81man cabinet #GuessWhat
— Obala (@obala_evans) June 22, 2016
Perhaps what Uganda needs is a new constitution to check such government excesses.