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Ugandan shock as Ruto names ‘only’ 21 Cabinet ministers

By Wangu Kanuri September 29th, 2022 1 min read

Ugandans are amused by Kenya President William Ruto’s move to appoint 21 Cabinet Secretaries.

For context, Uganda, which is about half the size of Kenya, has about 80 ministers.

They include 32 cabinet ministers and 50 ministers of State.

These include Janet Museveni, the President’s wife, who serves as the Minister of Education and Sports.

Others are Wilson Mukasa (Public Service), Francis Mwebesa (Trade Industry and Cooperatives), Frank Tumwebaze (Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries), Matia Kasaija (Finance, Planning, and Economic Development), Dr Jane Ocero (Health), and Gen Edward Wamala (Works and Transport).

In Kenya, the President is bound by Article 152 of the constitution to name a minimum of 14 and a maximum of 22 Cabinet Secretaries.

Ruto’s cabinet appointments include Kithure Kindiki (Interior) Mithika Linturi (Agriculture), Alfred Mutua (Foreign Affairs), Salim Mvurya (Mining).

Others are Aisha Jumwa (Public Service), Ezekiel Machogu (Education), Moses Kuria (Trade), and Ababu Namwamba (Youth and Sports).

President is soon expected to name his Principal and Chief Administrative Secretaries.

Ugandans who commented on President Ruto’s cabinet say it is lean and likely to be effective as compared to President Yoweri Museveni’s team.

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