By Ambrose Kweronda
The former State Minister for Regional co-operation, Dr. Philemon Mateke has revealed that he has no regrets after being dropped from Cabinet.
He said that he is instead happy since his daughter Sarah Nyirabashitsi was appointed the State Minister for Youth and Children Affairs.
“I have no regrets about the fact that I was dropped from Cabinet because my daughter was appointed as a state minister. I have done my part and I wish well all those that have been appointed,” He said.
The chairman for the inter religious Council for Kigezi region, Fr. Gaetano Batanyenda, said that although he appreciates President Museveni’s move to increase the number of women in his Cabinet, he asked him to give them the required support to independently deliver services to the people without any influence.
Fr. Batanyenda added that players such as Dokolo Woman MP Cecilia Ogwal were left out.
“He appointed those on reserve bench and left out the real players. If the former speaker was appointed as the Prime Minister, and the likes of Ogwal [would be admired],” Fr Batanyenda said.
Kigezi region now has five ministers who include David Bahati (Ndorwa west), Dr. Chris Baryomunsi (Kinkiizi East), Henry Musasizi (Rubanda East), Ms Nyirabashitsi (Kisoro Woman MP), and Gen Jim Muhwezi of Rujumbura.
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