The House had adopted a motion to vary the number of Cabinet Ministers and other ministers in accordance with Article 113 and 114 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda.
The House Thursday moved to consider a motion to vary the number of Cabinet Ministers and other ministers in accordance with Article 113 and 114 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda.
Hon Fox Odoi moved the motion and was seconded by Hon Cecilia Ogwal.
West Budama North, Hon Fox Odoi-Oywelowo says the Constitution confers the prerogative to the President to appoint the number of ministers that are necessary for the running of the state.
“Constitution also confers upon Parliament to permit the President to appoint such numbers more than the 21. This has been the practice in previous parliaments” Fox Odoi-Oywelowo.
Hon Fox Odoi-Oywelowo says the President is seeking to increase the number of ministers by one to cater for the portfolio of the elderly.
Hon Cecilia Ogwal is seconding the motion for varying the number of ministers.
“I apologise for not catering for the elderly when we were processed the Constitution in 1995. It is important that we have legal framework and policies that take care of the elderly”.
Hon Joseph Gonzaga Ssewungu opposes the motion saying the the cabinet should not be determined by size of the population.
“80 ministers is a administrative cost; we need better hospitals, schools and fight Covid19. These ministers dont appear in Parliament”.
Hon Mathias Mpuuga: “The problem of the elderly is not ministries. They need better health, more funding to SAGE and special care. They don’t need political mainstreaming but planning with what is available.”