KAMPALA – Articles 113 (2) and 114 (3) of the Uganda Constitution give the President a prerogative to increase the number of ministers with the approval of Parliament.
On this day of 10th June 2021 at Kololo Ceremonial grounds, West Budama North East MP, Hon Fox Odoi Oyweloyo seconded by Hon Cecilia Ogwal, has moved the motion to vary the number of Ministers in the cabinet.
In his submission Odoi told the MPs that the portfolio of the elderly is necessary for the representation and for effective running of the state. He emphasized the president needed a minister to champion the issues affecting the elderly.
Hon Cecilia Ogwal (FDC, Dokolo District) was concerned that the elderly in Uganda had for long been neglected, including by the Constituent assembly that developed the 1995 Constitution.
I stand here to apologise that at the time when we were debating the 1995 Constitution, we did not focus seriously on the unique needs of the elderly. Whereas we catered for the needs of the interest groups, we did not cater for the elderly, Ogwal added.
However, opposition members of Parliament; Kalungu West MP Joseph Gonzaga Ssewungu and Hon Gilbert Olanya (FDC, Kilak South) among others were concerned by the increasing cost of administration among other reasons.
The number of Ministers has now increased from seventy-nine to eighty after Parliament approved the motion allowing the President to vary the number to cater for the portfolio of the elderly.