By Jumah Nsubuga
As the new leader of the opposition in parliament Wafula Ogutu heads to announcing the new shadow cabinet, opposition leaders are advocating for an inclusive cabinet. The last cabinet was dominated by the Forum for Democratic Change members with other parties taking a few positions.
The Democratic Party boss Nobert Mao was yesterday quoted as saying, “We are in talks with the leader of the opposition in parliament to see how we can come up with an inclusive shadow cabinet. It is just a principle of cooperation”. “It is not something new but we have been following it as one of our principles” Mr Mao noted.
Meanwhile the Uganda people’s congress (UPC) president general Orara Otunu noted that, “We will agree on the distribution by all opposition parties in parliament. We have also agreed that it should be the people to nominate and withdraw its members, review the consultations of the party leadership. We are soon finalizing the discussions based on those principles” Mr Otunu added.
The parliament Rules of procedure says that, the leading opposition party takes the majority of shadow cabinet posts.FDC has the majority of members in parliament with 34 MPs, DP 11, UPC 10, CP1, JEEMA1 and independents 43.
Here is the Old shadow cabinet in Uganda’s parliament ahead of the reshuffle,
The Opposition Chief Whip – HON. WINFRED KIIZA
The Opposition Deputy Chief Whip – HON. AOL BETTY OCAN
THE SHADOW CABINET MINISTERS
Attorney General HON. ABDU KATUNTU
Presidency and Constitutional Affairs HON. MEDARD SSEGONA
Information and National Guidance HON. IBRAHIM SSEMUJU
Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries HON. DR. EPETAIT FRANCIS
Local Government HON. BETTY NAMBOOZE BAKIREKE
Finance, Planning and Economic Development HON. EKANYA GEOFFREY
Internal Affairs and Human Rights HON. KYANJO HUSSEIN
Foreign Affairs, Regional Affairs HON. WAMANGA WAMAI JACK
Health HON. BAYIGGA MICHAEL P. LULUME
Education and Sports HON. AKELLO JUDITH FRANCA
Public Service HON. MUGUME ROLAND
Gender, Labour and Social Development HON. EKWAU IBI FLORENCE
Youth HON. ATIKU BENARD
Works and Infrastructure Development HON. WAFULA OGUTTU
Lands and Physical Planning HON. OULANYA GILBERT
Housing and Urban Development HON. NZOGHU M. WILLIAM
Tourism, Trade and Industry HON. TAAKA KEVINAH WANAHA WANDERA
Water and Environment HON. KEN-LUKYAMUZI JOHN
Energy, Oil and Mineral Development HON. ATIM A.O. BEATRICE
Communication, ICT and Technology HON. ALLEN ANDREW
Rehabilitation, Relief and Disaster Management HON. REV. FR. OGWAL
Special Regions HON. OCHOLA SPEPHEN.