State Minister for Elderly and Disability, Hon. Sarah Kanyike, has taken Oath of a Member of Parliament.
Kanyike was recently nominated by President Museveni to the position.
On Wednesday, she assumed office at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development.
Kanyike was received at the Ministry by a team of technical officials led by the Acting Permanent Secretary, James Ebitu, who ran her through a series of welcome rituals.
She was warmly ushered into in her office and handed a string of instruments including an official Ministerial vehicle for the smooth execution of her duties, where she pledged to promote teamwork that will enhance service delivery at the grassroots.
Ebitu pledged that the technical team was ready to support Kanyike in ensuring that she delivers on the tasks assigned to her by President Museveni in fulfilment of the social contract that the NRM government has with the People of Uganda.
Kanyike, in turn, said her philosophy of public service is to deliver services to the communities and leave a positive legacy through her tenure.
“The differences in political parties and colours come as a by the way but all that the people want is service delivery, and that is exactly what I want us to work together on, to achieve,” she noted, re-echoing the importance of the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development due to its wide mandate.
Kanyike extended her appreciation to President Yoweri Museveni for recognizing her contribution at KCCA and assigning her to a new position with new challenges.
The Minister’s office that Kanyike takes over has been vacant for over 5 years with Hon. Sulaiman Kyebakoze Madada having been the last official to hold it.
Kanyike was a member of the Democratic Party (DP), who, until elevation to Cabinet, had served as Kampala’s Deputy Lord Mayor.
Additional reporting by New Vision