By Ronald Musoke
John Patrick Amama Mbabazi who has been serving as Uganda’s Prime Minister since 2011 has been dropped from the cabinet, according to a statement sent from State House.
The statement, dated Sept. 18 was signed by President Yoweri Museveni noting that Ruhakana Rugunda who has been serving a second stint as the Minister of Health takes over as the new premier.
“By virtue of the powers vested in the President of the Republic of Uganda by article 108 (A)( 1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, I have with immediate effect decided to appoint Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda as the new Prime Minister of Uganda,” the one page letter reads in part.
Mbabazi’s sacking is the latest development in a saga that has been ongoing since The Independent broke the news of an ongoing feud between Museveni and Mbabazi (see: The battle for 2016, The Independent, Dec 5, 2013).
Museveni’s letter was forwarded to Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Parliament for the mandatory parliamentary approval.
According to Ofwono Opondo, the government spokesperson, the new change has only affected the Prime Minister.