Ugandan parliament approves nominees for vice president, PM




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Ugandan parliament on Monday approved the presidential nominees for vice president and prime minister in the east African country.

The lawmakers endorsed the appointment of Jessica Alupo as vice president and Robinah Nabbanja as prime minister and leader of government business in parliament.

The two will be sworn into office by President Yoweri Museveni.

Alupo, former minister, replaced sacked Edward Ssekandi, and Nabbanja, former state minister for health in-charge of general duties, will replace Ruhakana Rugunda.

“I thank the president for entrusting me with this honor of the second highest office in the land,” Alupo said.

“I will not spare any energy in serving this country on this appointment.

“I promise that I will work with all the people regardless of their shades, background or views.

“I also pledge work with all sides of this August to ensure that the (ruling) National Resistance Movement party manifesto is implemented to the dot as well as all other government programs,” she said.

Nabbanja, on her part, expressed her commitment to “ensuring availability of government business and ensuring that ministers are present in the House.”

President Museveni, who was sworn in on May 12 for his sixth five-year term in office last week, appointed an 81-member cabinet, sacked 37 former ministers, reshuffled and named new ones.

Uganda’s parliamentary appointments will this week vet all the appointed ministers ahead of their swearing-in.

(Xinhua/NAN)