BY IVAN TSEBENI.
The newly elected Guild President of Uganda Christian University (UCU), Timothy Kadaga has made a cabinet reshuffle just a month into office.
Mr Kadaga, who took oath in December, announced the cabinet changes on Monday, January 7 during the Guild Parliamentary session.
Although no Guild Minister was dropped in the reshuffle, some members were appointed to new positions and new officials were brought on board.
In the reshuffle, Ezra Ambasize, a second year Law student who had earlier been appointed the Deputy Prime Minister was made Vice Guild President.
John Bruce who had been appointed Vice Chairman Electoral commission was elevated to the position of the chairman Electoral Commission while Alexander Sulla, who was the Parliamentary Chief Whip was made Attorney General.
John Baptist Ouma is the Prime Minister, Daniel Tumusime Deputy Chairperson Electoral Commission and Peter Claver Mwesigwa is Deputy Prime Minister.
Kadaga told The Standard newspaper that he made the reshuffle to allocate responsibilities to the best talent.
But some students believe the reshuffle came too early in Kadaga’s tenure and that this may be a sign of problems in the new government.
“We need results from the Guild President not reshuffles,” said Valentine Okwakolo a first year student of Bachelors of Law.
But Connie Nandutu a third year student of Agricultural Engineering said she finds no problem with the reshuffles provided the appointees deliver to the students’ expectations.
In an interview with The Standard newspaper, the newly appointed Vice President , Ambasize vowed to use his natural brilliance to serve the students.
The Prime Minister, Ouma meanwhile told The Standard that he will work together with other officials to unite the Parliament for better service delivery.
Although things appear to be so far so good for Mr Kadaga’s government, some students have raised a red flag on the gender imbalance in his government after he appointed a male student as his deputy diverting from the known norm where the Vice-President’s office is occupied by a woman.
But Kadaga told The Standard newspaper that his first Cabinet list was full of women and the guild Parliament rejected many of them over alleged incompetence.
“I was behind schedule and yet it seemed hard for me to get a capable lady in a short time to be the Vice-President. You realise that we are only left with seven months in office and if we keep on postponing appointments on grounds of gender, we shall end up counting no single achievement.”
Scramble for cabinet positions
As parliament sat to vet the cabinet appointees, it was clear that there was a lot of tension among the Parliamentarians who had hoped to appear on the list.