Three months after the country’s electoral commission declared him winner of the presidential poll on February 21, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has today named his cabinet. The cabinet, with over 40 ministers, has Mr Frank Tumwebaze as the Minister for ICT while Dr Elioda Tumwesigye will handle the Science, Technology and Innovation docket. Additionally, Erios Aida Nantaba will serve as Minister of State for ICT and Communications.
The new ICT minister Frank Tumwebaze has been an MP representing Kibale County from 2006, served as Museveni’s Special Assistant on Research and Information from 2003 to 2005. He has previously served as Minister of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) as well as Minister for the Presidency in August 2012. According to Parliament Watch Uganda, Tumwebaze studied at Mbarara University of Science and Technology and Makerere University.
(TOP: Frank Tumwebaze, the former Minister for the Presidency who’s been appointed Minister for ICT in the new Cabinet announced by President Museveni. Photo: Insider).
Mr Tumwebaze is an interesting figure in Uganda’s politics and many will be keen to see how he steers the country’s ICT sector. The new ICT minister, a vocal Museveni loyalist, courts controversy at every turn and has featured in various scandals, some even involving loss of public funds.
In January last year, one of Uganda’s online publications, Insider reported that Tumwebaze was cited in the Ushs 24 billion (US $6.9 million) Mukono-Katosi road fraud with Public Works Minister Abraham Byandala pinning him “for having relatives in the sham American company Eutaw that won the contract.”
“As the Katosi road fraud raged on, Tumwebaze was once more cited in the Ushs 22 trillion (US$ 660 million) Standard Gauge Railway scandal…He has always denied involvement in the sagas,” noted Insider.
Dr Elioda Tumwesigye, on the other hand, is a medical doctor and was the Minister for Health in the previous Cabinet. He has been a Member of Parliament from 2001.
In the previous cabinet, the Minister of ICT was John Nasasira Mwoono with Education, Science, Technology & Sports docket being held by Jessica Rose Alupo Epel. The Minister of State for ICT and Communications was Tembo Nyombi.
The full cabinet and various portfolios announced by Museveni today can be found here at the State House Uganda website.