President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has called upon the recently appointed ministers to tackle corruption head-on and rally the masses towards wealth creation.

“Corruption undermines our collective efforts, but by focusing on wealth creation mobilization and fighting corruption, we can accomplish 80 percent of our goals,” stated the President.

Speaking on Wednesday at State House-Entebbe during the swearing-in ceremony of the six newly appointed ministers, President Museveni emphasized the critical importance of their roles. The ceremony, overseen by the Head of Public Service and Secretary to Cabinet, Ms. Lucy Nakyobe, was witnessed by President Museveni himself.

The newly appointed ministers include Hon. Lillian Aber, Minister of State for Relief, Disaster Preparedness, and Refugees; Dr. Kenneth Omona, Minister of State for Northern Uganda; and Hon. Florence Wamala Nambozo, Minister of State for Karamoja Affairs. Additionally, Hon. Phiona Nyamutoro takes on the role of Minister of State for Energy and Mineral Development in charge of Minerals, while Gen. Wilson Mbasu Mbadi assumes the position of Minister of State for Trade. Lastly, Hon. Balaam Barugahara is appointed as the Minister of State for Youth and Children.

President Museveni tasked Hon. Balaam specifically with inspiring the youth to engage in sectors such as commercial agriculture, manufacturing, artisanship, services, and ICT, which are crucial for wealth creation.

Furthermore, the President expressed his willingness to pardon some opposition politicians and members involved in inciting illegal protests, provided they commit to refrain from such actions in the future. He highlighted the significant cost to the government in rebuilding infrastructure damaged during protests and ensuring the safety of Ugandan citizens.

Ms. Nakyobe congratulated the new ministers on their appointments and urged them to uphold the trust placed in them by both the President and the Ugandan public.

“I congratulate you on this significant achievement, which marks a milestone in your lives. Your appointment reflects the confidence that the President and the public have in you. I urge you to meet the expectations of the President and the aspirations of the people of Uganda,” remarked Ms. Nakyobe.

She also introduced the new Principal Private Secretary (PPS) to H.E President, Ms. Gloria Asio Omaswa, to the gathering.

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