Thursday, 21 April 2011

First Family divided over new Cabinet

As the Opposition politicians shake the ruling government with their walk-to-work campaign, the First Family is more concerned about who gets what in the next Cabinet.
My investigation shows that the President is trying to put together his new Cabinet but he is facing challenges from within. The biggest challenge is how to accommodate the interests of his own people.
Apparently, Yoweri Museveni is having hard time with his wife Janet who is also State minister for the poverty ridden Karamoja sub region.
Sources say that Ms Janet and her children, have given Mr Museveni one thing to note while naming the new Cabinet: Avoid people who have stolen state resources in the name of the First Family.
It is said that Janet and her children including Lt. Col. Muhoozi Kainerugaba and the sons-in-law, want Museveni to abandon some of his long time political allies arguing that they have reportedly used the First Family to do dirty things and get away with it.
The family is pushing Museveni to sack all of them using the pretext of the Chogm report which implicated them.
Among those Janet and family are eyeing to be dropped from Cabinet include Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa, Works boss John Nasasira, Security minister Amama Mbabazi and Vice President Prof. Gilbert Bukenya. According to sources, Janet reportedly wants her husband to get a new calibre of politicians to work with but Mr Museveni  has reportdedly asked the family to allow him return some of the ministers to Cabinet at least for two years then he drops them in the reshuffle.
Sources say that Museveni is scared of dropping the said politicians because they know alot of secrets about him. Although Janet's reasoning is that many of the ministers were doing dirty things and go away with it in the name of being close to the First Family, some say she has no choice but to work with the said ministers because, they, indeed helped the First Family in one way or the other.
Analysts are particulary concerned as to why Janet would urge her husband to drop Mr Kutesa whose daughter is married to Col. Muhoozi. Kutesa is also seen by many as the man who has educated Janet on how to do business. Speculation is that the two could have disagreed on a business deal.
Janet. Mr Kutesa is a seasoned businessman and politician  both hated and loved in equal measure who is not shy to make his cash but never meddles in funny political wars like most NRM cadres do.
Like Kutesa, Mr Nasasira is also viewed as close to the First Family but political maneuvers against him have of recent intensified. Sources say if he is to remain in Cabinet, he should be given a docket outside works.

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